The festival of documentary films and television programs "Northern Character-2015" will be held 26-28 November in Murmansk at several cultural and artistic sites involving in its orbit people of different ages, occupations and interests.
The Russian legislation on mass media is becoming tougher and more extensive. How can journalists and media work under the circumstances – this was in the focus of discussion at the seminar the Center for Defense of Rights of Journalists and Media (project Barents Press – ed.) held in Murmansk.
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