3-4 June Kirkenes declaration- 2 is to be signed in Norway's Kirkenes. This document will determine the strategies for further development of cooperation in the Barents Region for the next few decades. Barents secretariat is planning to invite a group of journalists from Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions and from Karelia to cover the event.
April 25-28 in the city of Apatity there was held the XVIII Conference of the international journalists network Barents Press International. More than a hundred participants from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia discussed the issues of journalism and the processes occurring in the Barents region.
In Petrozavodsk there took place a webinar where journalists discussed the topic "The authorities in the role of the media regulator: interaction with the media or the suppression of the media?" Participants in the webinar via the internet were also colleagues from Murmansk and Archangelsk regions.
In Komi Republic journalist claimed against police officers’ actions
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.
“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.
Glasnost Defense Foundation staff correspondent