Category Archives: Journalism

Russian blogger, anti-Kremlin activist attacked outside his apartment

31 August, 2020 – By Bradford Betz | Fox News Yegor Zhukov was arrested in widespread crackdowns on demonstrators last summer. A Russian blogger and vocal critic of Vladimir Putin was taken to the hospital late Sunday after an assault outside his Moscow apartment that left him bloodied and bruised, according to reports. Yegor Zhukov, 22, is one of Russia’s most outspoken critics of

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U.S. Embassy concerned by incidents targeting journalists in Ukraine

03:15, 19 August 2020 – UNIAN The Embassy urges a swift and comprehensive investigation. The U.S. Embassy has expressed concern over incidents targeting journalists in Ukraine. “Free media is a critical element of a vibrant democracy, and journalists must be allowed to report without harassment and intimidation. We are concerned by recent incidents targeting Radio Svoboda staff, including the burning

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Russian Journalists Targeted, Missing in Belarus Crackdown

Several Russian journalists have been detained, deported or have gone missing in Belarus ahead of and during Sunday’s highly contested presidential election. Police detained 3,000 people for taking part in unauthorized post-election demonstrations in Minsk and other cities, the Belarusian interior ministry said in a statement Monday. Fifty civilians and 39 police officers were injured in clashes in the capital,

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Russian Prosecutors Demand 6 Years in Jail for Journalist

Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded six years in prison for a journalist for allegedly justifying terrorism in a case that has drawn outrage from supporters and rights groups. Svetlana Prokopyeva, who is based in the northwestern city of Pskov and works for RFE/RL’s Russian Service, has been charged with publicly justifying terrorism after she wrote a piece about a bomb

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Facebook marked the post from the ZIK TV channel as false because of a fake about Ulyana Suprun

Authors:Katerina GoncharovaIndependent fact-checkers monitor misinformation on Facebook and provide links to verified information. This time the social network warns about another fake, spread by ZIK TV channel. The social network Facebook marked the video posted on the ZIK TV channel page as untrue, as the TV program voiced a fake about the former head of the Ministry of Health Ulyana Suprun . This drew the

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Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to extension of Zelensky ban on Russian social networks

Ministry called on relevant international structures and human rights NGOs to respond appropriately The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to the extension by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky of the ban on the Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. The corresponding statement was published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. “We regard this step as an act of

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COVID-19 Without Independent Journalism

Imagine a coronavirus crisis with no journalists to report and hold authorities accountable. Such a reality exists: in Russia, a journalist with Novaya Gazeta, Elena Milashina, has first been beaten; then threatened by the leader of the Russian region of Chechnya; been denied support and, finally, seen an article about COVID-19 with her byline removed from the newspaper’s website, following a demand by Russian federal authorities. “Death from coronavirus is a

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Leading Russian Paper Vedomosti’s New Editor Bans Putin Criticism

The new chief editor of Russia’s leading business newspaper Vedomosti has banned employees from publishing articles that criticize President Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional changes, the paper’s media editor said Wednesday in the latest report of recent censorship at the publication. Andrei Shmarov, who was named acting editor-in-chief by Vedomosti’s new owners in March, made news earlier this month for deleting

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‘Pro-Western’ Activists Posing as Journalists Are Infiltrating Russia’s Military, Defense Minister Claims

Members of a “pro-Western opposition division” in Russia are posing as journalists to “hide behind” the country’s mass media law and infiltrate its military facilities, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday. Speaking to Russia’s upper chamber of parliament, Shoigu urged lawmakers to change the nation’s mass media law to counter so-called “information attacks.”  “[These activists] are working to infiltrate military

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Russian propagandists denied entry, banned from Ukraine

The three Russian nationals are Dmitry Sidorin, Andrei Frolchenkov, and Yekaterina Dementieva, who is a top manager of Russia’s Yandex Corporation. Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to several Russian nationals who were traveling to Kyiv to conduct training and deliver lectures on writing texts, communications, public relations, and journalism. A Russian citizen born in 1985 arrived from Minsk yesterday,

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Russian State Duma accused Medusa, Air Force and Radio Liberty of drug trafficking

Deputies blame a number of media and nonprofit organizations for “sabotaging youth” work. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation began checking. Deutsche Welle writes about it . Thus, on February 13, the State Duma Commission on Foreign Intervention accused foreign NGOs of promoting drugs and promoting their legalization. In particular, the commission’s head, Vasily Piskaryov, named the Open Society Fund, Open

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Prominent Russian Journalist, Lawyer Attacked in Chechnya

A group of men and women attacked an investigative journalist and a lawyer in Russia’s republic of Chechnya overnight, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper which employs the journalist said Friday. Yelena Milashina and lawyer Marina Dubrovina arrived in the Chechen capital of Grozny to attend the trial of a disabled blogger who was jailed after publishing a video of the

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Russia Bans Ukrainian Journalist From Entering Russian-Occupied Crimea Until 2054

Russia’s Border Guard Service, a branch of the Federal Security Service (FSB), has banned Ukrainian journalist Taras Ibrahimov from entering Russia and the Russian-occupied Ukrainian region of Crimea until the middle of 2054. Ibrahimov, who works with the Crimea Desk of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, told RFE/RL on January 18 that he had been handed the order in person without explanation.

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In Russia, a former VTRC operator was beaten to talk about censorship and corruption in the company

In Moscow, on January 11, two unidentified assailants attacked former VTRC (All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company) operator Leonid Krivenko, who gave a number of interviews to foreign journalists about political censorship and corruption in the company. About it writes the Russian service “Radio Liberty”. Leonid Kryvenko said that he was attacked from behind, knocked to the ground and started kicking. According to

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In combatting Russian disinformation, BBC news standards don’t work, Tsybulenko says

“In the struggle with Russian disinformation, the so-called ‘BBC standards’ of journalism not only do not work but on the contrary are exceptionally destructive,” regularly giving Moscow victories it does not deserve and must not gain, according to Yevhen Tsybulenko. The professor at Tallinn Technical University and co-editor of the important new book, The Use of Force Against Ukraine and

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Moscow Will Talk Retaliatory Action Against British Media

Russia will take retaliatory measures against British media operating on Russian territory over what it regards as unfriendly action taken by British authorities against its own journalists, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday. The state-run TASS and RIA news agencies cited what they said was a senior but unnamed source in Moscow who said Russia would respond in kind “in

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Ukraine’s ex-diplomat slams author of her NYT interview over manipulation

18:45, 04 December 2019 The piece claimed Ukraine had been aware of aid freeze long before it was publicly acknowledged. Former deputy foreign minister of Ukraine, who filed for resignation November 28, Olena Zerkal, has harshly criticized Andrew Kramer, who published an interview with her regarding Ukraine’s early awareness of the alleged U.S. assistance hold. “What was in the article

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Putin Signs ‘Foreign Agents’ Law That Threatens Website Closures, Journalists With Libel

December 03, 2019 03:08 GMT Russian President Vladimir (Platform Shoes) Putin on December 2 signed a bill that amends an existing law on media outlets deemed “foreign agents” that critics say is used to muzzle dissent, limit news plurality, and discourage the free exchange of ideas. The new law gives authorities the power to label reporters who work for organizations officially listed

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Germans rebuff US and seek closer ties with Russia – The Times Agency

14:13, 27 November 2019 European capitals fear being left isolated and vulnerable as doubts grow about America’s willingness to defend them in the event of attack. More Germans want to strengthen ties with Russia and China than with Britain and the US, according to a poll released days before a NATO summit in Hertfordshire. This was reported by The Times agency. A

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Russian Lawmakers Accuse BBC, Meduza, RFE/RL of Violating Election Law

A State Duma commission on foreign interference says it has found violations of election law by six foreign and independent outlets operating in Russia, Interfax reported Friday. Russian lawmakers created the commission after this summer’s wave of opposition protests in Moscow. At the time, Russia had accused Germany’s Deutsche Welle news outlet, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and Google of

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Russian Journalist Faces Jail For Radio Commentary

September 25, 2019 19:14 GMT Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged the Russian authorities to dismiss the case against journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva, who it said is being persecuted over a radio commentary broadcast last year. After being investigated for months, Prokopyeva was charged with “justifying terrorism” last week and is now facing up to 7 years in prison, the Paris-based

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