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Ukrainian reporter held by Moscow-backed separatists forced to confess in Russia state TV interview

August 22, 2018 4:33 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Russian state-run TV channel Rossiya 24's broadcast of an interview with Stanislav Aseyev, a Ukrainian reporter held for more than a year by Russia-backed separatists, in which he falsely confessed to spying for Ukraine. CPJ also reiterates its call...

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Killing of 3 Russian investigative journalists in Central African Republic must be probed

August 1, 2018 5:17 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Central African Republic, Russia, and the U.N. to investigate the deaths of three Russian journalists killed while on assignment in CAR....

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Russian Duma committee OKs legislation to label individual journalists 'foreign agents'

July 3, 2018 5:53 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Russian authorities to refrain from labeling individual bloggers and journalists as foreign agents. The State Duma's information and communication committee today approved legislation that would allow authorities to label private persons as foreign agents if they work...

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Russia charges independent journalist with terrorism offenses

June 26, 2018 4:57 PM ET

Russian journalist Viktor Korb on May 16 was charged by authorities in the Russian town of Omsk, in southwestern Siberia, for transcribing and publishing a 2015 speech that a Kremlin critic gave at his trial. Korb on June 26 told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he remains unable...

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Imprisoned Russian editor wounded, hospitalized

June 19, 2018 1:54 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2018--Russian authorities should immediately release jailed journalist Aleksandr Valov and ensure that he receives necessary medical care, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The editor-in-chief and founder of local news website BlogSochi, who has been in detention since January on extortion charges, was hospitalized...

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Russian court sentences Ukrainian journalist to 12 years for espionage

June 4, 2018 12:58 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2018--Russian authorities should immediately release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Moscow city court sentenced Sushchenko, a Paris-based correspondent for Ukraine's state news agency, Ukrinform, to 12 years in a high-security prison on espionage charges today, Russian and Ukrainian...

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Russian Supreme Court upholds travel ban on Norwegian journalist

June 1, 2018 4:08 PM ET

Russia's Supreme Court on May 25, 2018, upheld a December 4, 2017, decision of a Moscow city court to bar Norwegian journalist Thomas Nilsen from traveling to Russia for five years, according to media reports....

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CPJ Safety Advisory - FIFA World Cup

June 1, 2018 3:53 PM ET

The FIFA World Cup will take place June 14 to July 15 at 12 venues in 11 different cities across Russia. Under FIFA rules, it will be difficult for the Russian authorities to bar individual reporters or deny visas for specific media, but those who do cover the tournament...

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CPJ calls on Poroshenko to hold press conference on staged murder

May 31, 2018 6:16 PM ET

CPJ calls on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to hold a press conference as soon as possible to address the many outstanding questions about the staging of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko's murder.

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The many questions about Arkady Babchenko's staged murder in Ukraine

May 30, 2018 7:38 PM ET

Minutes after news broke that prominent Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko had been murdered in Ukraine, social media exploded with messages mourning the loss of a bright, sometimes-too-outspoken journalist. Friends and colleagues wrote moving obituaries, and groups including CPJ condemned the killing. Impromptu memorials in both Kiev and Moscow sprouted,...

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