The Annual Barents Press International Conference in April Haparanda appeared unforgettable. According to many in attendance it was one of the best. We are very grateful to the hosts – Barents Press Sweden! What do the young participants think back about? Here’re some viewpoints from different countries.
How can media not lose readers, listeners and viewers and not lose their social role in society? Is journalism to die or to become a new "business niche"? These issues were discussed by journalists from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia at the annual conference of the journalistic network Barents Press International in late April in the Swedish city of Haparanda.
Sword of Freedom of Speech
Finnish journalist Airi Leppänen (freelance) and young journalist Sylvia Bjon (newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet) have been rewarded by a grant for high achievements in journalism and a medal “Sword of Freedom of Speech” by Finnish Journalist Union.
Airi Leppänenri has about 20 years experience of journalism and she has made numerous radio programmes and documental films about Russia, Finnish-Russian relations and about freedom of speech. She is a long time friend of Union of Journalists in Russia and an active member of Finnish Journalist Union (Suomen Journalistiliitto). Airi Leppänen actively participate in Barents Press projects.
Medal and grant are given every four years. The grant is 5 000 euros.
Translated and wrote in English: Sari Pöyhönen