The 26-th international film festival TIFF opened in Norway. The event is watched by dozens of journalists, including 7 Russian journalists from Barents Press. Thanks to the support of the Barents Secretariat Russian viewers and readers will learn the news first hand.
On 7-11 December Oslo hosted the seminar "Professional journalism and human rights". In addition to the Russian journalists it was attended by the activists of the LGBT community. What did Norwegian and Russian experts speak about? Learn it from the story by Alexander Borisov.
Do mass media and members of the government press-services Provide the constitutional right of citizens to have access to fair and diverse information? To answer this question there was organized a seminar "Cooperation of media and press services of state authorities". It was held in Petrozavodsk on November 26.
Unprecedented openness from Norwegian Border Guard
15 journalists from different TV-companies, newspapers and magazines in Northwest-Russia were last week invited to visit Norwegian border guard installations along the border.
This was the first time Russian media was allowed to see how the border is being protected from the Norwegian side.
- This is our small contribution to the openness along the Norwegian-Russian border, said Head of the Norwegian Border Guard Lieutenant Colonel Jørn Erik Berntsen. – We have very little to hide, since about 80 percent of our tasks are related to police work, and not military operations.
The Russian journalists were welcomed at the Elvenes border guard station and later transported by snow scooters to Skoltfossnakken observation post, overlooking the Russian enclave Borisoglebsk on the western side of the Pasvik river.
- This is just fantastic, says Natalia Sevets-Ermolina from the PTZ magazine in Petrozavodsk. - This could never happen in Russia. The secrecy around all types of military installations is still very strong, she adds.
The journalists were invited by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat to take part in the Barents Spektakel Festival in Kirkenes.
Russian journalists have on earlier occasions been given insights in how the Norwegian border Guard works, but then only in the staged settings of joint Norwegian-Russian exercises.
Text: Trude Pettersen