Portraits of the lecturers
The three Russian participants in the seminar: Konstantin Eggert (to the left), Andrey Arkhangelsky (top right) and Andrei Richter (bottom right).

International workshop brings together Russian journalists in exile

The war in Ukraine has posed major challenges for independent journalism in Russia. All significant news outlets have been shut down and many journalists have gone into exile.
Now many of them meet together with European media organisations at a large workshop arranged by the Department of Journalism, Communication and Media (JMG), University of Gothenburg.

A large number of international press freedom organisations, journalists' associations, researchers and Russian journalists will this week meet in Gothenburg to develop concrete strategies to support Russian journalists living in exile in Europe.

The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) at the University of Gothenburg is a proud organiser together with the Council of Europe, the European Federation of Journalists, the Swedish Institute, the Fojo Media Institute and the Swedish Journalist Association.

In Russia, the war against Ukraine has made it impossible for independent journalists and media to cover political and social issues without fear of reprisals. Several significant news outlets have gone out of business. Journalists and other media actors have either stopped reporting on sensitive issues or have chosen to go into exile in various European countries. These journalists face great challenges both professionally and on a personal level.

Participants at the workshop, among others: Shahin Abbasov, programansvarig, Information Society Department, the Council of Europe, Andrei Richter, professor, Comenius University in Bratislava, Tove Carlén, lawyer at the Swedish Journalist Association and Jenny Wiik, associate professor at JMG, University of Gothenburg. 

In addition, a seminar on Russian journalism during the war against Ukraine is held at JMG the following day with:

  • Andrei Richter, professor at the Department of Journalism, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia. Former director of the OSCE Office of the Representant on Freedom of the Media, former unit head of at the Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University.
  • Konstantin Eggert, a Baltic States correspondent and weekly columnist on Russian affairs for Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. Former program host and political commentator for TV Rain, 2016-2018.
  • Andrey Arkhangelsky, Russian journalist, columnist, and culture expert who left Russia 2022. He is now working in Berlin as freelancer for different European media i.e Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL and takes part in the project Bild on Russian.