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Local editor beaten in Yekaterinburg, Russia

April 23, 2018 3:06 PM ET

Unknown assailants on April 12, 2018 attacked Dmitry Polyanin, editor-in-chief of the regional pro-government newspaper Oblastnaya Gazeta, which had recently published articles about irregularities in the local housing market and related violence, according to the paper and media reports....

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CPJ calls for investigation into death of Russian journalist Maksim Borodin

April 16, 2018 6:01 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2018--Russian authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the death of journalist Maksim Borodin and consider the possibility that he was killed in retribution for his reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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YouTube labels on public broadcasters draw ire in US, Russia

March 15, 2018 3:43 PM ET

With claims to more than one billion users consuming content in 76 languages, Google's YouTube has become a core part of most media outlets' dissemination strategy. And although there are 88 localized versions of the service, YouTube.com remains the largest and most influential platform for reaching a global audience....

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Russian journalist questioned, apartment searched, equipment seized

February 1, 2018 3:58 PM ET

Kiev, February 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Russian authorities today to return all confiscated property to independent journalist Pavel Nikulin, and stop harassing him in retaliation for his reporting. The Federal Security Service (FSB) yesterday morning raided Nikulin's Moscow apartment, and brought the journalist to agency...

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Russian authorities arrest Sochi blogger on extortion charges

January 26, 2018 2:27 PM ET

New York, January 26, 2018--Russian authorities should immediately drop the charges against journalist Aleksandr Valov and release him from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities on January 19 detained Valov, the editor-in-chief and founder of a local news site BlogSochi, and, two days later, charged him...

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Russia votes on bill to require journalists to register as foreign agents

January 16, 2018 3:54 PM ET

Kiev, January 16, 2018--Russia's State Duma should drop a bill that would require some bloggers and journalists to register as foreign agents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Duma on January 12 voted overwhelmingly to approve the bill, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported....

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In response to Trump's fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards

January 8, 2018 5:00 PM ET

Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump's announcement via Twitter about his planned "fake news" awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media. From an unparalleled...

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Local journalist shot in southern Russia

December 21, 2017 1:34 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2017--Russian authorities should investigate today's violent attack on independent journalist Vyacheslav Prudnikov, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Prudnikov, who contributes to the independent regional news website Kavkazsky Uzel from the town of Krasny Sulin in Russia's southern Rostov region,...

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana...

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Russia designates nine U.S.-funded news outlets as foreign agents

December 5, 2017 1:30 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2017--Russia's Justice Ministry announced today that it has designated nine U.S. government-funded press outlets as "foreign agents," under a newly expanded law, according to reports. The ministry named the outlets as the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and seven of its affiliates, and Voice...

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