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
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