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

“Barents Spektakel” festival in Kirkenes

Feb 10, 2011

15 journalists from North West Russia got the experience of what this    Norwegian- Russian combination of words means. Five days of cultural, political and business events influenced a lot on our understanding of life in the neighbor country. Debate with Norwegian colleagues has inspired us for a new approach of the journalists role in the society.

Study visit for Russian journalists to Norway was supported by the Norwegian Barents secretariat and NJC –Update.

Little security…compared to Russia

This year the 8th  annual festival was specially marked by the presence of H.M. Queen Sonja and Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre. While Kirkenes inhabitants were talking about “unusual security measures because of the royal visit”, Russian journalists were deeply impressed by the openness and accessibility of the distinguished guests. Queen Sonja lived at the same hotel with us.  It was   easy to make   informal pictures when Her Majesty, for instance, passed through the lobby.

Russian journurnalists with Jonas Gahr Støre (in the centre)

Picture  Jonas  Karlsbakk

Jonas Gahr Støre has found in his busy schedule time for the meeting with Barents Press Russian journalists. He answered directly and openly for all our questions. The most disturbing one was the question about visa-free travel for Russians. The minister referred to Schengen agreement supported by Norway but gave the promising example of visa- free travel for border zone inhabitants on both sides of Norwegian- Russian border. This agreement is already signed and will be implemented soon.


Journalism in Norway and Russia. Who controls media?

From the left to the right: Gunnar Sætra. Elena Larionova, Alexander Borisov, Marit Christensen, Magne Kveseth. Picture Jonas Karlsbakk

One of the most exiting events of our visit was the traditional debate with the Norwegian colleagues. Marit Christensen, former NRK correspondent in Moscow and Russian expert     came with the brilliant analyze of nowadays situation in the media in two countries. She participated as a panelist with some Russian and Norwegian colleagues and got a lot of questions from public. It is interesting to read a feedback of the Russian journalists after the debate. For instance, Natalya Sokolova from the Karelian web-portal writes:

- The issue sounds ridiculous for the Russian journalists. We all depend either on authorities or on oligarchs.

It was exiting to listen to Norwegian colleagues, who told about their intern methods of work journalistic items. They told us about the prejudices that still exist towards our country.


Jelena Larionova, Barents Press International, project coordinator

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