The BarentsObserver Case is rooted in a conflict between the editorial staff of BarentsObserver and the owners of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
October 07, 2015
The owners, the three northermost Norwegian counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark, in May 2015 turned down BarentsObserver’s proposed formalization of the principles of the Duties of Rights of the Editor. That resulted in an outcry of protest from the newspaper staff.
On 28th September, the conflict escalated when the owners with immediate effect dismissed Editor Thomas Nilsen. The remaining journalists subsequently introduced a moratorium on the use of bylines.
The BarentsObserver Case has been widely commented on in the Norwegian media, as well as in a number of foreign newspaper.
On October 6th, Norwegian Foreign Minister commented on the situation, calling on the owners to let BarentsObserver get the indepedence needed for continued operation.
Styret må nå skape ro i @BarentsSec og formalisere den frie og uavhengige stemmen som @BarentsObserver repr - og knesette redaktørplakaten