Russia / 2014

VICE journalist held by pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine

April 22, 2014 5:55 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter with the U.S.-based global news channel VICE News, who is being held in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. Ostrovsky is in the custody of pro-Russian separatists led by self-proclaimed "people's...

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CPJ disturbed by new bill to restrict blogging in Russia

April 22, 2014 5:42 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on President Vladimir Putin to veto a new bill that would subject popular bloggers to the same restrictions as traditional media in Russia. The bill was approved by Russia's parliament, the State Duma, in a final reading today....

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Ukraine must allow entry to Russian journalists

April 9, 2014 2:55 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to the country to several Russian journalists over the past few days. Reports say that journalists with the newly reshuffled RIA Novosti news agency, TV channels Rossiya and Russia Today,...

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Putin should reverse steps to restrict independent press

March 20, 2014 2:31 PM ET

Dear President Putin: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom advocacy group, is gravely concerned about recent steps to restrict Russia's independent media. The measures taken over the past three months threaten to eradicate Russian news outlets' freedom to freely report and analyze news events.

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In Crimea, more journalists report attacks, obstruction

March 18, 2014 5:40 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2014--At least six journalists have been assaulted, detained, or obstructed from reporting in the southern Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea in the past two days, according to news reports. ...

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CPJ condemns blocking of news websites in Russia

March 13, 2014 6:57 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the blocking today of independent and pro-opposition news websites in Russia, including Ezhednevny Zhurnal, Grani, Kasparov, and the website of the liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy. The popular blog of anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny and the personal blogging...

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More journalists obstructed on the job in Crimea

March 13, 2014 5:33 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2014--Journalists covering the ongoing crisis in the southern Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea continue to be detained, harassed, and obstructed, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides of the crisis to allow journalists to report freely on the events in...

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CPJ condemns Ukraine's order to take Russian TV off air

March 12, 2014 3:15 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decree by Ukraine's National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting to cable and satellite providers on Tuesday to cut off the transmission of Russian state-controlled TV stations in the country. The order, which was immediately enforced, appears to be...

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Journalists detained, attacked while reporting in Crimea

March 11, 2014 3:19 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2014--Two reporters were detained by armed men in the autonomous republic of Crimea, in southern Ukraine, while other journalists have reported being assaulted covering the crisis and their equipment damaged or seized, according to news reports. More than a dozen broadcasters have also been censored, the...

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Crimean authorities take two more broadcasters off air

March 6, 2014 5:19 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2014--Crimean authorities should immediately restore broadcasting in the region by the independent Ukraine television stations Channel 5 and Channel 1+1, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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