“We’re concerned that this action is arbitrary, and we call on Russian authorities to release Eike Korfhage and Henning Wallerius and allow them to report on the G8 summit and related events,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said.
In a separate development, the upper house of Parliament today approved a bill broadening the definition of extremism to include media criticism of state officials. The measure, which was approved by Parliament’s lower house on July 8, now goes to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. The bill provides for imprisonment of up to three years for journalists and the suspension or closure of publications.
For details of the bill, see CPJ’s June 30 alert.
For details of other events leading up to the G8 summit, see CPJ’s July 13 alert.