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)

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria

Getting Away With Murder

CPJ's 2015 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free

Published October 8, 2015

The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh this year propelled the two nations onto CPJ's Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished. Colombia exited the index as fatal violence against journalists receded further into that country's past.

For the first time since CPJ began compiling the index in 2008, Iraq did not claim the title of worst offender, as Somalia edged into that spot. The shift reflects a steady death toll in Somalia, where one or more journalists have been murdered every year over the past decade, and the government has proved unable or unwilling to investigate the attacks.

Press Releases   |   China, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia

As world leaders take to UNGA stage, CPJ highlights countries of concern

Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador

New York, September 25, 2015--Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.

Alerts   |   Russia

Russia charges three suspects over 2010 attack on reporter Oleg Kashin

New York, September 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the announcement that authorities have detained three suspects in the November 2010 attack that severely injured Russian reporter Oleg Kashin. CPJ urges Russian investigators to further investigate the case and bring all those responsible to justice.

September 9, 2015 5:59 PM ET


Statements   |   Russia

CPJ welcomes sentence of murder mastermind in Russia

New York, July 24, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the sentencing to life in prison today of a Russian nationalist leader in connection with the 2009 fatal attack on human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, in which Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasiya Baburova was also killed. The Moscow City Court ruled that Ilya Goryachev, a leader of the extremist Battle Organization of Russian Nationalists, was the mastermind behind the murder, according to news reports. The verdict was issued on July 15 while the court announced the sentence today.

Alerts   |   Russia, Ukraine

Russian journalist detained, beaten in eastern Ukraine

New York, June 17, 2015--A correspondent for the independent Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta was obstructed and briefly detained by the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, according to news reports. Pavel Kanygin, a special correspondent for the newspaper, said he was beaten and interrogated in custody and then forced to leave the country, the reports said.

Alerts   |   Russia

CPJ condemns death threats against Elena Milashina, calls for investigation

New York, June 11, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns death threats issued against Elena Milashina, an award-winning investigative reporter for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and Moscow correspondent for CPJ, and calls on authorities to ensure her safety.

Statements   |   Russia

CPJ condemns Putin's decree banning coverage of military casualties

New York, May 28, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's presidential decree that extends a ban on coverage of military casualty figures to "peacetime, during special operations," as well as in wartime. Such coverage, deemed to be disclosure of state secrets, is punishable by prison terms up to 20 years, according to local press reports.

May 28, 2015 1:30 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

Moscow court closes case against accused mastermind in Domnikov murder

New York, May 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed that the statute of limitations in the case of the 2000 killing of a Russian journalist ran out with authorities failing to take timely action against the individual accused of being the mastermind.

Letters   |   Russia, Ukraine

In Crimea, press freedom deteriorates at a rapid pace

Dear President Vladimir Putin: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, is writing to express its concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Crimea.

Attacks on the Press   |   Russia

The death of glasnost: How Russia's attempt at openness failed

Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, right, talks with his brother and co-defendant Oleg inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow on December 30, 2014. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Before Maidan, before Tahrir Square, before the "color revolutions" that overthrew entrenched autocrats, there was the Soviet revolution of the late 1980s.

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