Nov 26, 2015
At the working meeting of members of the International Board of Barents Press in Saariselkä, in the cottage owned by the Union of journalists of Finland, there is no Internet. And for quite a long time there was no TV. And other forms of communication. Journalists must break from information talking, reading, sitting by the fireplace, sweating in the sauna and diving into the icy river.
Nov 17, 2015

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.


Oct 29, 2015

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.

Dec 20, 2014

Unprecedented openness from Norwegian Border Guard

Feb 8, 2011

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.

See more pictures from the journalists' visit to the border guard station


- 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

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