To see elections in Scandinavian way with your own eyes, to follow the campaign, to personally meet representatives of political parties and to evaluate the work of the press in a difficult media period - such opportunity was given to a group of journalists from different cities of the North-West of Russia by the Nordic Journalist Center and the Regional Press Institute with the financial support of the Council of Ministers of the Nordic countries.
August 29 there was held a Skype conference of Barents Press Russia board. Met Journalists from Karelia, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk got together to discussed future plans and distributed the responsibility among the regional boards.
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