Apr 9, 2021
According to the Murmansk regional organization of the Union of Journalists of Russia, the government of Norway has decided to introduce a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all foreign journalists in the Northern Kingdom. This decision will significantly complicate the work of, for example, Russian media workers in the land of fjords.
It is worth noting that the Norwegian Union of Journalists, together with national associations of media and editors, have already written a letter to the government calling for the release of foreign journalists working in Norway from the rules adopted in connection with Covid-19. Due to the fact that this scheme contradicts both the European Convention on Human Rights and the obligations under the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
Moreover, the quarantine obligation constitutes a disproportionate interference with freedom of the press, fundamental rights and freedom of information.
In addition to the mandatory quarantine, journalists who do not cover live coverage are banned from entering Norway. In fact, the country is now closed to international journalists.