21st golden megaphone handed out to most press-friendly public figure ({{commentsTotal}})


Estonian Olympic Committee president Neinar Seli made headlines a second time today as he was picked the Estonian Newspaper Association's most press unfriendly figure, while the state-owned Elron's CEO Andrus Ossip was selected as most friendly toward the media.

Ossip was credited for dealing honesty and directly with the press during a spate of problems for the railway, which had just taken over the national rail service contract launched a new fleet of Swiss-made trains.

Seli was described by the association as dealing selectively to "only journalists he likes" and criticizing the media for allegedly not fairly covering his corruption trial.

Like every year since 1994, the friend of the press gets a golden megaphone shaped award.

Last year the friend award went to Kristi Liiva, founder of the Paide opinion festival, and the foe award was claimed by Rein Lang, an embattled ex-minister.

Seli was convicted today of violating a restriction on procedure as supervisory board chairman of a state-owned company, Port of Tallinn.


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