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Hundreds of Norwegians and Russians arrived in the first week of February in the town of Kirkenes on the Russian-Norway border to see the spectacular installations, to visit unusual exhibitions and to speculate about the future of the Arctic territories at the international art festival Barents Spektakel.
First Barents Press webinar took place in Karelia
On December, 3rd in Petrozavodsk their took place a journalistic seminar-webinar on legal assistance problems, first of all how journalists can protect and do protect the right to professional work.
The seminar was organized by Barents Press Russia. 10 journalists from Petrozavodsk, Kondopoga and Olonets participated in discussion in the capital of Karelia. Colleagues from Murmansk and Archangelsk areas could hear at this time all course of conversation online. Besides, video presentation of the webinar was uploaded on the Internet and it was possible to look at it in advance.
Two hours were devoted to interregional dialogue when 7 journalists from Murmansk, Apatityny, Polar and Archangelsk were on the Internet communication with Petrozavodsk. Connections were not simultaneous as technical possibilities allowed to unite for dialogue only 5 computers. Someone was connected at once and then gave way in the network to other colleagues. Technical support was done by Elena Ilyina — many thanks!
Yulia Shevchuk (Kondopoga), Natalia Yudina (Olonets) and Elene Ilyina (Internet engineering)
The author of the project, journalist Anatoly Tsygankov, told the participants about the results of monitoring the facts of hindrance oin professional work of journalists in Karelia and about remedial activity of the Union of journalists of Karelia.
The lawyer of the expert-legal partnership "Union" Elena Paltseva spoke about the way mass-media cover remedial themes and the situations when journalists need legal assistance. Being engaged in this theme professionally she knows the situation in the Karelian mass-media rather well. Elena gave legal support to the newspaper «Neovaya Kondopoga» during litigations ncluding the reference to Strassburg court.
The editor (already former) of the newspapers "Licey" and the Internet site (fortunately, remaining in own order of the dismissed journalists) Natalia Meshkova was also present. Having lost the edition which she created and in which she contributed long-term work, Natasha bears with big courage and advantage. In the circumstances she sees not only minuses, but also the big plus: «Now we are really independent». The Internet edition receives offers on support, but at a choice the journalists will be guided by item of independence.
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Journalists from Arkhangelsk Elena Doilnitsyna and Irina Sinjukova spoke told about the situation in the region. Some kind of a symbol of violation of the rights of journalists in this conversation there was a history with the use of an axe by an official for destruction of the newspaper's server to prevent it from being published. Webinar participants discussed the necessity to create a journalistic network of mutual legal support in Barents region of Russia.
Though not everything was ideal I consider that this first pancake-webinar turned out not to be a clod. It is known that the road will be mastered by the going.
A.Tsygankova's article (in Russian) can be read on the Web-site politika-karelia.ru
Video presentation can also be found there.
Video of the discussion in Petrozavodsk ia linked here.
Photo: Nikolai Abramov