Impunity casts shadow over Russian media

In a landmark move, Russian authorities bring charges against Sergei Dorovskoi, a former deputy governor and alleged mastermind in the 2000 attack that killed Novaya Gazeta reporter Igor Domnikov. Russia has a poor record of impunity in the cases of murdered journalists, which increases intimidation and acts of violence against the press. Journalists face harassment and threats of legal action; the state media regulator issues warnings to enforce censorship; and reporters are attacked while investigating claims that Russian soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.
Paper roses at a vigil for murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Balancing Act

Adding forces or shirking responsibilities? The EU and intergovernmental bodies

When it comes to defending press freedom, the EU should be able to count on the support of other European institutions that share its values. The collaboration and interaction between the EU and these bodies should offer greater protection to journalists, but complex working arrangements and clashes in responsibility are diminishing what could be a powerful relationship. The EU has also been criticized for what is seen as its outsourcing of core responsibilities to institutions that count repressive countries among their members and have little power to implement decisions.

Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, China, Internet, Russia

Balancing Act

EU as a global actor

On World Press Freedom Day (May 3), the highest EU officials line up to deliver their message of support for a free press. But press freedom and human rights activists who spoke with CPJ said that when it comes to meaningful diplomacy in repressive countries that are important trade partners or strategic allies, the EU is often inconsistent. “The real nature of human rights diplomacy can be judged on the determination to confront countries that have a real importance for the EU,” Portuguese socialist MEP Gomes told CPJ. “The EU does not really pass the test.”

Reports   |   Russia

Balancing Act

Reaction to Russia is too little too late

Russia demonstrates the reality of EU human rights and press freedom diplomacy. In the early 2000s, while focused on economic and geopolitical priorities, the EU largely turned a blind eye to Putin’s rising authoritarianism and, with the exception of the European Parliament, did not react strongly to attacks on the press. Between 2000 and 2015, 26 journalists were killed in direct relation to their work, according to CPJ research, and Russia has consistently featured on CPJ’s Global Impunity Index, a list of counties where journalists are slain and their killers go free.

Press Releases   |   China, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia

As world leaders take to UNGA stage, CPJ highlights countries of concern

Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador

New York, September 25, 2015--Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.

Alerts   |   Russia

Russia charges three suspects over 2010 attack on reporter Oleg Kashin

New York, September 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the announcement that authorities have detained three suspects in the November 2010 attack that severely injured Russian reporter Oleg Kashin. CPJ urges Russian investigators to further investigate the case and bring all those responsible to justice.

September 9, 2015 5:59 PM ET


Statements   |   Russia

CPJ welcomes sentence of murder mastermind in Russia

New York, July 24, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the sentencing to life in prison today of a Russian nationalist leader in connection with the 2009 fatal attack on human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, in which Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasiya Baburova was also killed. The Moscow City Court ruled that Ilya Goryachev, a leader of the extremist Battle Organization of Russian Nationalists, was the mastermind behind the murder, according to news reports. The verdict was issued on July 15 while the court announced the sentence today.

Alerts   |   Russia, Ukraine

Russian journalist detained, beaten in eastern Ukraine

New York, June 17, 2015--A correspondent for the independent Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta was obstructed and briefly detained by the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, according to news reports. Pavel Kanygin, a special correspondent for the newspaper, said he was beaten and interrogated in custody and then forced to leave the country, the reports said.

Alerts   |   Russia

CPJ condemns death threats against Elena Milashina, calls for investigation

New York, June 11, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns death threats issued against Elena Milashina, an award-winning investigative reporter for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and Moscow correspondent for CPJ, and calls on authorities to ensure her safety.

Statements   |   Russia

CPJ condemns Putin's decree banning coverage of military casualties

New York, May 28, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's presidential decree that extends a ban on coverage of military casualty figures to "peacetime, during special operations," as well as in wartime. Such coverage, deemed to be disclosure of state secrets, is punishable by prison terms up to 20 years, according to local press reports.

May 28, 2015 1:30 PM ET

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Moscow court closes case against accused mastermind in Domnikov murder

New York, May 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed that the statute of limitations in the case of the 2000 killing of a Russian journalist ran out with authorities failing to take timely action against the individual accused of being the mastermind.

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