Ukraine Invasion

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Russian blogger Aleksandr Nozdrinov in court in Novokubansk just before he was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison on charges of spreading "fake news" in connection with the Ukraine war on September 29, 2023.

Russian blogger Aleksandr Nozdrinov sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for ‘fake news’ about army

New York, October 2, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday condemned the 8.5-year sentence issued to Russian blogger Aleksandr Nozdrinov and called on Russian authorities to release him immediately and drop all charges against him. On Friday, September 29, a court in the southwestern city of Novokubansk convicted Nozdrinov on charges of spreading false…

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Russia labels 3 more journalists – including Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov – as ‘foreign agents’ 

New York, September 8, 2023—Russian authorities should stop intimidating outlets and journalists by labeling them as “foreign agents” and let them work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On September 1, the Russian Ministry of Justice added three journalists—including Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov—to its list of so-called “foreign agents,” accusing them of helping…

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Russian court sentences journalist Mikhail Afanasyev to 5.5 years in prison for ‘fake news’ about army 

New York, September 7, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Russian court’s sentencing of Mikhail Afanasyev, founder and publisher of online magazine Novy Fokus, to 5.5 years imprisonment for allegedly using his position to spread false information about the Russian army.  The Abakan court on Thursday also banned Afanasyev from working as a journalist,…

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Two exiled Russian journalists sentenced to 11 years for disseminating ‘fake’ news on Ukraine war

New York, August 31, 2023—Russian authorities should not contest the appeals of exiled journalists Ruslan Leviev and Michael Nacke and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Tuesday, August 29, the Basmanny Court in Moscow sentenced Leviev, founder of the Russian independent investigative project Conflict Intelligence Team, and Nacke,…

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Journalist Arsen Chepurnyi injured in Russian missile strike in Ukraine

On August 19, 2023, Russian forces fired a missile that struck the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, injuring Arsen Chepurnyi, a freelance Ukrainian journalist with the local news website Chas Chernihivskyi, according to the journalist and by local press freedom group Institute of Mass Information and local trade group National Union of Journalists of Ukraine….

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Russia fails to renew Dutch and Finnish journalists’ visas and accreditation

New York, August 18, 2023—Russian authorities should renew the visas and media accreditation of Dutch journalist Eva Hartog and Finnish journalist Anna-Lena Laurén and let them work freely in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On Wednesday, August 16, Politico Europe and Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer reported that Russian authorities refused…

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At least 3 journalists injured while covering Ukraine war

New York, July 26, 2023—Russian and Ukrainian authorities should swiftly investigate the recent attacks on journalists reporting in Ukraine and ensure that members of the press are not targeted while covering the war, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On Monday, July 24, Dylan Collins, a U.S. video journalist with the French news agency…

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Russia bans independent outlet Novaya Gazeta Europe, adds to ‘undesirable’ list

New York, June 29, 2023—Russian authorities should stop silencing outlets by labeling them as “undesirable,” and let the independent news outlet Novaya Gazeta Europe work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, June 28, the Russian general prosecutor’s office declared the activity of the outlet’s legal entity, BDR Novaja Gazeta-Europe, “undesirable” and…

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Ukraine journalists say opaque accreditation process hampers war coverage

Paris, June 9, 2023—Ukrainian authorities should ensure that journalists covering the war are not pressured over their reporting and must set clear and transparent qualifications for press accreditation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Since March, officers with Ukraine’s SBU security service have repeatedly questioned journalists seeking accreditation from the country’s military and others…

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Russian soldiers detain former journalist Iryna Levchenko in southeastern Ukraine

Paris, June 2, 2023 – Russian authorities should immediately release Iryna Levchenko and stop detaining current and former members of the press in occupied areas of Ukraine, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. In early May, Russian forces detained Levchenko and her husband, Oleksandr, in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol, in southeast Ukraine, according…

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