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

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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