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Journalists detained covering Russia protests

Security forces arrest a protester in Moscow, March 26, 2017. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

New York, March 27, 2017--Russian security forces should cease harassing and obstructing journalists covering protests and other events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Russian media reported that at least 11 journalists were detained yesterday while reporting on nationwide protests. All have since been released.

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Journalist arrested in Moscow on Belarusian extradition request

New York, March 15, 2017--Russian authorities should immediately release Yuriy Baranchik, chief analytical editor of the pro-Kremlin Russian news agency Regnum, and allow him to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Deciding who decides which news is fake

White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks to the media during the daily briefing. President Trump and his administration have accused critical outlets of being fake news. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely thorny.

Alerts   |   Russia

Russian security services detain journalists in border city, order them to leave

Protesters in St. Petersburg hold a banner reading "Love is stronger than war," May 1, 2014. The mayor of the nearby border city of Svetogorsk's assertion that there were no homosexuals in his town drew reporters seeking follow-up stories. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuck)

New York, March 7, 2016--Russian security services should stop harassing and obstructing journalists and should allow them to work unimpeded, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security services have detained at least three journalists who had traveled to report from the northwestern city of Svetogorsk, on Russia's border with Finland, in the past two days.

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Russian security forces raid journalist Zoya Svetova's home

Russian journalist and human rights activist Zoya Svetova speaks to the press after security forces searched her apartment in Moscow, February 28, 2017. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty)

New York, February 28, 2017--Russian authorities should cease harassing journalists and allow them to work unimpeded, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces today searched the Moscow home of prominent journalist and human rights defender Zoya Svetova, according to press reports and Svetova's lawyers.

February 28, 2017 4:00 PM ET

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Crimean journalist faces trial on separatism charges

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), head of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov (left), and then-Sevastopol Acting Governor Dmitry Ovsyannikov, take part in a video conference in Moscow, December 27, 2016. (Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters)

New York, February 16, 2017--Authorities in Crimea should immediately drop all charges against Mykola (Nikolai) Semena and allow the journalist to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A preliminary hearing in Semena's trial on charges of separatism is scheduled for tomorrow, according to his employer.

February 16, 2017 4:09 PM ET

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Speaker of Chechen parliament threatens journalist Grigory Shvedov

Magomed Daudov (left), the speaker of the Chechen parliament, waits for Russian President Vladimir Putin to deliver the annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 1, 2016. Daudov on January 4 threatened journalist Grigory Shvedov in a post to Instagram. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

New York, January 9, 2017--Russian federal authorities should ensure the safety of Grigory Shvedov, the editor of the independent news website Kavkazsky Uzel (Caucasian Knot), and should hold accountable Magomed Daudov, the speaker of Chechnya's parliament, for publicly threatening the journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 9, 2017 2:29 PM ET

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Journalist threatened with murder in Russia

New York, December 21, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Russian authorities to ensure the safety of independent journalist Mikhail Afanasyev, editor of the online magazine Novy Fokus in the Siberian republic of Khakassia, after the head of a criminal gang based in a neighboring region threatened to kill him because of his critical reporting on the gang's activities.

December 21, 2016 7:17 PM ET

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Russia jails blogger over post criticizing military action in Syria

New York, December 20, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Russian authorities to release Aleksei Kungurov, a blogger from Siberia who was convicted of "calling for terrorism." A regional court in Tyumen today sentenced Kungurov to two years in a prison colony over a blog post that criticized Russia's actions in Syria, according to news reports and information posted to his LiveJournal blog.

December 20, 2016 6:03 PM ET

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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

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