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Russian police raid home of journalist Aleksandr Nikishin

September 13, 2019 2:09 PM ET

Vilnius, September 13, 2019 -- Russian authorities should stop harassing journalist Aleksandr Nikishin and allow him to work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins call for Russian authorities to end harassment of journalists covering Moscow protests

August 22, 2019 2:46 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined seven other press freedom organizations in calling on the Russian authorities to end their harassment of journalists covering opposition protests in Moscow. Protests have taken place on four consecutive Saturdays in July and August after the local electoral commission’s decision to ban...

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Moscow police detain, assault journalists covering protests

August 8, 2019 10:21 AM ET

Washington, D.C., August 8, 2019--Russian authorities should allow journalists to cover protests freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, after the detention of several journalists and the use of force by police against the media during demonstrations in Moscow on July 27 and August 3....

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Russian journalist Mikhail Romanov found guilty of ‘abuse of freedom of information’ and ‘false’ news

August 2, 2019 4:22 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2019--Journalist Mikhail Romanov, a correspondent with the weekly Yakutsk Vecherniy, was found guilty on July 25 by the city court of Yakutsk, in eastern Russia, on charges of “abuse of freedom of information by publishing false information that poses a threat to the public,” according...

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Ingushetia court orders journalist Rashid Maysigov to remain in pre-trial detention for two months

July 22, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 22, 2019 -- Authorities in the Republic of Ingushetia must release journalist Rashid Maysigov unconditionally and investigate allegations that he was tortured in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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For Turkish journalists in Berlin exile, threats remain, but in different forms

July 18, 2019 5:16 PM ET

For Can Dündar, sitting in the audience of a theater performance near Dortmund in Germany in May was an emotional moment. In an interview with CPJ, he recalled how during the premiere night, he watched the main actor on stage playing a journalist as he was imprisoned in Turkey,...

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UK should not deny media access based on propaganda label

July 9, 2019 2:21 PM ET

CPJ writes to U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to express concern at his government's decision to deny accreditation to Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik based on a determination that the outlets are a form of propaganda. The move empowers autocratic governments around the world who use a similar rationale to justify the repression of critical journalism.

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Editor Abdulmumin Gadzhiev detained in Russia on terrorism charges

June 14, 2019 1:44 PM ET

Washington, D.C., June 14, 2019--Authorities in the Russian republic of Dagestan should immediately drop the charges against Makhachkala-based journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev and release him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police detain, allegedly beat Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov

June 7, 2019 1:40 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2019 -- Russian authorities should immediately drop all charges against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, release him, and investigate allegations that he was beaten in police custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian video blogger Vadim Kharchenko attacked, injured in Krasnodar

June 4, 2019 5:57 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2019--Russian authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the brutal attack on video blogger Vadim Kharchenko in the southwestern city of Krasnodar and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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