Press release, Kirkenes, Murmansk, Luleå, Oulu, September 29th 2015
On Monday 28th of September, Thomas Nilsen was fired from his position as chief editor of the online news site BarentsObserver by the owners of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, the three Northern Norwegian county administrations.
STATEMENT FROM BARENTS PRESS INTERNATIONAL, CONCERNING THE RESTRICTION OF BARENTSOBSERVERS' EDITORIAL FREEDOM
Sami time – project of TV “Murman”
In November 2009 there was announced a competition within the Joint Programme «Minorities in Russia: developing languages, culture, media and civil society” with financial support of the Council of Europe. 314 applications were sent to the competition, and 282 were admitted including the one from the State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company “Murman”.
In April 2010 the Selection Body of the Joint Programme approved a list of 24 organizations - grant receivers - for project realization in different regions of Russian Federation. State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company “Murman” was among the winners. It presented its project under the name “Sami time: preservation and protection of the traditional way of life of the indigenous people in Murmansk Region”. The project started on the 1st of July, 2010, and it will last till the 1st of February, 2011.
Our work implies making and demonstrating TV series of video-films about livelihood of Sami people: about their history, cultural and business traditions, about Sami language preservation, about Sami position in the modern society, about vital problems and last achievements in development and preservation of Sami originality.
The main purpose of the project is to draw public attention on issues of cultural, social-economic and language development of the indigenous people of the Kola Peninsula, on the issue of protection and preservation of Sami traditional way of life.
All the series of the video-film “Sami time” will be recorded in DVD format in Russian and Sami languages. TV/Radio Company “Murman” will distribute the video-film among educational institutions, cultural-educational centres, museums, and archives both in Murmansk Region and in the countries of Barents Region, where Sami communities also live in Northern parts.
Anna Shumigai, project coordinator,
TV and Radio Company “Murman”