Broken Mirrors | Helsinki 3-4 December 2012


The Finnish-Russian media conference, “Broken Mirrors,” will be held in the Auditorium of the Finnish Parliament on 3-4 December 2012. The conference will discuss two main themes: Russia’s and Finland’s image in the media, and the question of visa-free travel between the EU and Russia. The organisers note that such a meeting of Finnish and Russian journalists has not been held since the middle of the 1990s.

The conference will be organised by the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM), the Finland-Russia Society, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, the Union of Journalists in Finland, the Finnish online newspaper Uusi Suomi, the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, and the Russian Union of Journalists, the Union of Journalists in St Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast, and the Russian news agency, ITAR-TASS.

The conference will begin with a discussion about the image of Russia and Finland in each other’s media. Finnish journalists will talk about their impression of Russia and the image of Finland in Russian media, while Russian journalists will present their views on the way the two countries are presented in media. Finland’s Foreign Minister, Erkki Tuomioja, will deliver a speech at the conference and converse with the participants.

The second day of the conference will begin with a discussion about the prospects for a visa-free regime between the EU and Russia. Heikki Talvitie, chairman of the Finland-Russia Society, will open the discussion and provide an overview to the current state of negotiations on the question. Joanna Fomina, coordinator of the Visa-Free Europe Coalition, will present the views of European civil society organisations. Representatives of the Finnish Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Helsinki will take part also.

The second day of the conference will pick up on the theme of the first day’s discussion on the media image of our two countries. Professors Timo Vihavainen and Arto Mustajoki from the University of Helsinki will present their studies on the subject. Alexander Belov, representative of the international communications agency, EuroFacts, will offer his views. The audience will have an opportunity to take part in the discussion.


More information:

Yulia Andreyeva

Jarmo Koponen
Uusi Suomi

Markku Kärkkäinen
Finland-Russia Society

Kerkko Paananen

Juha Rekola
Union of Journalists in Finland



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