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Russian police beat at least 1 journalist, arrest 2 during May Day protests in St. Petersburg

May 1, 2019 4:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019 -- Russian authorities should allow journalists to freely cover protests and must investigate the alleged assault by police of Timur Hadjibekov and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Letter calls on Putin to not approve Russia's 'sovereign internet' bill

May 1, 2019 11:22 AM ET

CPJ and a coalition of international human rights and press freedom organizations called on President Vladimir Putin to not approve legislative amendments known as the "bill on a sovereign internet" that could lead to further limitations on internet and media freedom in Russia....

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Russian draft legislation would ban distribution of foreign print media without government permission

April 4, 2019 4:37 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Russian parliament to drop legislative amendments that would ban the distribution of foreign print media in the country without government permission....

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Russia advances legislation on 'fake news' and 'disrespecting authorities'

March 7, 2019 4:15 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalist today called on Russia to drop proposed legislation advanced in the country's parliament that would allow courts to jail and fine people who use the internet to spread "fake news" or disrespect government officials and state symbols, including President Vladimir...

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Editor of Russia's Novye Kolyosa due in court after 15 months in custody

February 13, 2019 4:47 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2019--Igor Rudnikov, editor-in-chief and owner of the independent Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa, is due to appear in court on extortion charges in St. Petersburg tomorrow, according to local news reports. Rudnikov, who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, has been in pre-trial...

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Russia investigates reporter, seizes property over allegations of "justifying terrorism"

February 8, 2019 3:16 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2019--Russian authorities should immediately drop a criminal investigation launched against reporter Svetlana Prokopyeva and return her personal possessions seized during a raid of her apartment by armed police on February 6, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russia jails blogger for 10 days after sharing video online

January 15, 2019 1:30 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2019 - Russian authorities should immediately release blogger Viktor Toroptsev from jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in the city of Amursk, in the Far Eastern region of Khabarovsk, handed a 10-day sentence to Toroptsev yesterday, ostensibly for a traffic violation,...

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Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

December 13, 2018 12:00 AM ET

For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer. A...

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Russia uses 'foreign agents' law to hit independent outlet with massive fine

October 29, 2018 4:08 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an exorbitant fine imposed on the independent news outlet The New Times. A Moscow court on October 26 ordered the outlet to pay 22.3 million rubles (US$338,000) for failing to provide financial information under Russia's "foreign agents" law...

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Getting Away with Murder

October 29, 2018 11:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2018 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant Impunity is entrenched in 14 nations, according to CPJ's 2018 Global Impunity Index, which ranks states with the worst records of prosecuting the killers of journalists....

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