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Nov 11, 2014

Barents Press International Board had a meeting in Saariselkä, Finland on 7-8 November. The main issues to discuss were Barents Press Russia activity after the founder and many years leader Elena Larionova’ going away and the coming Annual Conference – 2015.

Nov 10, 2014
22 October Rovaniemi (Finland) hosted a forum of Barents region mass media editors in the framework of Barents Mediasphere project. This was the second meeting in this format, and the first one was held a year ago in Kirkenes (Norway).
Nov 4, 2014

On November 27-29, 2014 in Murmansk will host the VII international festival The Northern Character. It is organized by TV company "TV-21"and Production Center "Northern Character" with the support of the Russian Ministry of culture, Government of Murmansk region, Norilsk Nickel company, the Administrative Board of Norrbotten (Sweden), the Barents Secretariat, the Center for journalism in the Nordic countries, Murmansk Union of journalists, Barents Press and others.

 

In Komi Republic journalist claimed against police officers’ actions

Mar 30, 2011


Syktyvkar city court (Komi Republic) considered and answered the legal claim lodged by newspaper Krasnoye Znamya photo correspondent Andrei Shopsha against the republic’s Internal Affairs Department in connection with his unlawful detention by the police.


The incident occurred on September 28, 2010, during a picketing action staged by Memorial Association activists along the route of the cortege carrying visiting Premier Vladimir Putin. As protesters started unfolding transparencies, police cracked down on them, detaining activists together with Shopsha who had been taking pictures of what was going on.

Neither my assurances that I was not a protester but a reporter fulfilling my editor’s assignment, nor my journalistic ID helped – they told me my ID and passport were forged, and took me to the police station for identification,” A.Shopsha said.

The journalist spent the following two hours at the police station, then was questioned and released with an apology but without explanations why he had been detained.

The court supported his legal claim, declaring his detention and restriction of his freedom of movement unlawful.

Natalia Severskaya,

Glasnost Defense Foundation staff correspondent

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