Foreign Agents Law

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Russian journalists labeled as ‘foreign agents,’ detained, and attacked while reporting

Paris, April 11, 2022 — Russian authorities should stop harassing members of the press and labeling them as foreign agents, should thoroughly investigate all attacks on journalists, and ensure that the media can work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On Friday, April 8, the Russian Ministry of Justice labeled three journalists—independent newspaper…

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Russian prosecutor requests harsh sentences for editors of student-run magazine DOXA

Paris, April 6, 2022 — Russian authorities should immediately drop all charges against four former editors of the student-run magazine DOXA and stop listing journalists from independent media outlets as foreign agents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On April 1, at a hearing at Dorogomilovsky district court in the capital Moscow, the state…

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Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta suspends publication following official warning

Berlin, March 28, 2022 – In response to an announcement Monday that the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta would suspend publication after receiving a warning from the country’s media regulator, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement of concern: “In their attempt to quash all independent coverage of the war in Ukraine, Russian…

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Russia-Ukraine watch

How the war is affecting press freedom in the region Updated May 19, 2022 The Red Cross has registered hundreds of Ukrainian prisoners of war after Russia said Ukrainian forces surrendered after a standoff at a steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol in mid-May. Russia’s continued assault on Ukraine has endangered journalists in…

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Russian forces in Ukraine detain and harass journalists; authorities clamp down on Russian media

Paris, March 10, 2022 – Russian authorities must halt their campaign to stifle the domestic press, and the country’s armed forces should immediately cease harassing journalists covering the invasion of Ukraine, and ensure that the media can work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. This week, Russian forces in Ukraine have…

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CPJ calls on US Justice Department to stop compelling media outlets to register as foreign agents

On February 11, 2022, the Committee to Protect Journalists submitted comments to the United States Department of Justice concerning problems presented by labeling media organizations as “foreign agents” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The comments were submitted to the Justice Department in response to a public request from the department for feedback on proposed…

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Proposed Salvadoran ‘foreign agent’ law could impact media organizations

Guatemala City, November 16, 2021 – El Salvador’s congress should reject a proposed law that would require media outlets and journalists receiving funding or payments from abroad to register as “foreign agents,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Proposed by Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and presented to congress on November 9, the law would…

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Russia labels Bellingcat, other independent outlets and journalists as ‘foreign agents’

Vilnius, Lithuania, October 12, 2021 – Russian authorities should stop labeling journalists and media outlets as “foreign agents” and should allow the press to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 8, following the announcement that Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Russian Ministry of…

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Russian authorities add Dozhd, IStories to ‘foreign agents’ register

Stockholm, August 25, 2021 – Russian authorities should cease labeling news outlets as “foreign agents,” and should let all independent media companies work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 20, the Justice Ministry added Dozhd, the country’s biggest independent TV channel, and IStories fonds, the Latvia-based publisher of independent investigative news…

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Russian authorities ban investigative outlet Proekt as ‘undesirable,’ classify staff as foreign agents

Stockholm, July 20, 2021 – Russian authorities should allow the independent investigative news outlet Proekt and its staff to operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 15, the Office of the Prosecutor-General of Russia classified the outlet’s parent company as “undesirable,” thereby banning its operations in the country, and the Justice…

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