Impunity casts shadow over Russian media

In a landmark move, Russian authorities bring charges against Sergei Dorovskoi, a former deputy governor and alleged mastermind in the 2000 attack that killed Novaya Gazeta reporter Igor Domnikov. Russia has a poor record of impunity in the cases of murdered journalists, which increases intimidation and acts of violence against the press. Journalists face harassment and threats of legal action; the state media regulator issues warnings to enforce censorship; and reporters are attacked while investigating claims that Russian soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.
Paper roses at a vigil for murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

Alerts   |   Russia, Ukraine

Ukrainian journalist detained in Russia on suspicion of espionage

New York, October 4, 2016 - Russian authorities should immediately release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sushchenko, a Paris-based correspondent for Ukraine's state news agency, Ukrinform, is being held on accusations of espionage.

October 4, 2016 5:44 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia

Russian journalist to be tried for alleging election irregularities

New York, September 27, 2016―Russian authorities should drop all charges against investigative journalist Denis Korotkov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Korotkov, a correspondent for the independent news website Fontanka, is scheduled to appear before a Saint Petersburg court tomorrow, in connection with his alleging irregularities in Russia's September 18 parliamentary elections.

September 27, 2016 10:10 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia

Russian investigative journalist Grigory Pasko assaulted in Siberia

Russian investigative journalist Grigory Pasko leaves prison in Ussuriysk, January 23, 2003. (Reuters/Igor Onuchin)

New York, September 27, 2016--Authorities in Russia's southern Siberian republic of Altai should credibly investigate yesterday's assault on investigative journalist and journalism trainer Grigory Pasko and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

September 27, 2016 4:36 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia

Online journalist flees Russia following threats

Aleksandr Sotnik announces his flight from Russia, following threats, in this screenshot of the September 20, 2016 episode of his YouTube show.

New York, September 21, 2016--Russian authorities should credibly investigate threats against independent online journalist Aleksandr Sotnik and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sotnik yesterday announced that he had fled Russia following threats connected to his critical reporting on Kremlin policies.

September 21, 2016 4:23 PM ET


Blog   |   Gambia, Iraq, Russia, USA

Global Magnitsky Act could be powerful weapon against impunity in journalist murders

The funeral of Sergei Magnitsky is held in Moscow on November 20, 2009. The lawyer died in state custody after exposing official corruption. (Reuters/Mikhail Voskresensky)

Last week, the proposed Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act emerged from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee with approval. The bill was passed by the Senate last year. If passed by the full House of Representatives and signed into law by the president, it has the potential to offer partial redress to one of the most chilling truths facing journalists today: in 90 percent of cases, the murders of journalists go unpunished.

Statements   |   Russia

Russia censors Crimean news website

New York, May 12, 2016 -- Authorities in Russia should stop censoring the website of Krym.Realii, the Crimean service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Russia

Russian security forces raid homes of Crimean journalists

New York, April 19, 2016 -- Russian authorities should stop harassing journalists in Crimea and should allow them to do their work without fear of retribution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Federal Security Service (FSB) officers raided the apartments of at least seven people, including at least three journalists, in Crimea today, according to press reports.

Alerts   |   Russia

Attackers beat group of journalists covering human rights abuses in North Caucasus

New York, March 9, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attack on a group of six journalists and two human rights activists from Russia, Norway, and Sweden, and urges authorities in the Russian region of Ingushetia to bring those responsible to justice.

Letters   |   Russia

CPJ urges Putin to ensure Chechen officials cease harassing journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express its deep concern at the menacing language employed on social media and in the press by officials in Chechnya against critical journalists and rights activists.

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

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