The Independent Barents Observer
With a devotion for cross-border journalism, dialogue and mutual understanding, the Independent Barents Observer provides daily news reports from and about Scandinavia, Russia and the Circumpolar Arctic.
Our dedicated and experienced team of reporters produces news and multi-media contents with reach for global audiences interested in Arctic issues. We follow the key trends and developments in climate change, energy and industry, shipping, politics, civil society, national security and indigenous peoples issues.
The Independent Barents Observer is a journalistic product following the principles of the Norwegian Rights and Duties of the Editor.
Our core values are freedom of speech and support for democracy. By providing impartial information and opinions across the borders of the Arctic and the Barents Region, we serve local societies, support regional development and promote international cooperation.
The Independent Barents Observer is a non-profit stock company fully own by the reporters. No regional or national authority have owner interests in the company, nor influence on the newsmaking. The newsdesk is located in Kirkenes, the Norwegian Arctic town located just few kilometres from the borders to Russia and Finland.
The Independent Barents Observer publishes in English and Russian.
The Barents Observer is funded by donations from many individuals, private companies, foundations and others. The Foundation Fritt Ord has granted project support, Innovation Norway and Sør-Varanger kommune have both given a business start-up grant, Henriksen Shipping provides partner grants and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has finacially supported the publication of the Russian language portal. The Nordic Council of Ministers supports our project Eyes on Barents, the collaborative partnership between news organizations and bloggers in the Barents region.
The Barents Observer takes the pulse on regional mass media and in 2017 published the report “Journalism in the Borderland. Barents Media Freedom 2017”. In 2016, it published the report “Barents Observer - Prosessen” (in Norwegian), the story about how Norwegian regional politicians tried to halt the editorial freedom of the only Norwegian online newspaper published in Russian.
If you want to read more about the repressive actions taken by the counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark against the reporters of the newspaper during 2015; see this collections of news articles.