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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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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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