XII Annual International Media-Forum for young journalists

The XII Annual International Media-Forum for young journalists «Dialogue of Cultures» will be held from 21st to 23rd of November in the State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation. The event is organised by Ashot Dzhazoyan, President of Mediacongress “The Commonwealth of journalists”. Over 300 young journalists will participate to the event. Mediacongress is pleased to invite young journalists from EFJ member organisations in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Island, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey to meet their Russian colleagues in Saint-Petersburg. Practical information: Flights: check out…

Crimea: EFJ condemns Mykola Semena’s conviction

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) condemns the conviction of Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena by a Crimean court today. The court found him guilty on a charge of separatism and handed him a 2,5 year suspended sentence. He was also barred from “public activities”, including journalism, for three years. On 19 April 2016, FSB agents in the Russia-annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea raided the house of journalist Mykola Semena, freelancer with Krym.Realii (Criemea Realities) – RFE/RL’s Crimea service. They confiscated his reporting equipment, and briefly detained him for interrogation in connection to a criminal probe on charges of making calls to…

Prominent journalist Yulia Latynina flees Russia after attacks

Russian journalist Yulia Latynina has fled Russia after a series of attacks led her to fear for her life. The Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) has appealed to the Russian government to investigate the attacks. The International and European Federation of Journalists joined its affiliate the RUJ in condemning the attacks on Yulia Latynina and called on the Russian government to bring the perpetrators to justice. This latest attack is part of a string of attempts to intimidate and silence the journalist. In July 2017, Latynina’s home was sprayed with an unknown chemical, causing breathing problems for several children and elderly…

The EFJ urges Estonia to reconsider denied accreditation to Russian journalists

The EFJ urges the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to reconsider denied accreditation to three Russian journalists for the EU informal meeting of the EU ministers of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn (Estonia) to take place on 7-8 September 2017. The Estonian Presidency refused three requests for accreditation from Russian state owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya to cover the EU informal meeting. The requests were filed by the Brussels based correspondent Vladimir Dobrovolskiy, and by Moscow based journalists Maria Kiseleva and Anastasia Sedelnikova. No explanations were provided by the Estonian authorities for their refusal. Sergey Kochetkov, first…

Russia: investigative journalist convicted for website administration

Investigative journalist Alexander Sokolov has been sentenced on Friday (10/08/2017) to three and a half years by a Russian court. Sokolov has been convicted with involvement in a banned extremist group.  The EFJ/IFJ joins its affiliate the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) in condemning the ruling which is being used to silence and intimidate Sokolov and other Russian journalists. “Sokolov’s conviction is a blatant attack by the authorities on transparency and the truth in Russia,” said the EFJ/IFJ. “We demand his immediate release.” Journalist Sokolov maintains his innocence, stating the actual intent behind the prosecution is in retaliation for a…

Russia: journalist’s house attacked

Russian journalist Yulia Latynina’s home in Moscow was attacked and sprayed with an unknown substance on Tuesday 18 July. The International and the European Federations of journalists (IFJ/EFJ) join their affiliates the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) in condemning the attack. On the evening of 18 July, a group of unidentified attackers covered the home of opposition journalist Yulia Latynia with a corrosive and odorous chemical compound that caused breathing problems for the occupants. The journalist reported to Ekho Moskvy radio station that 8 people including 4 elderly persons and 2 children were affected. Yulia Latynina, a prominent journalist and fierce critic…

Russian TV presenter Alexander Batmanov detained by police in unlawful conditions

Alexander Batmanov, presenter for Volgograd based channel NGO TV, was detained by Russian police on the suspicion of theft from a grocery store on Friday July 7. Mr Batmanov was summoned by the police several weeks ago on suspicion of having stolen food from a grocery store but never responded to the summons. On Friday 7th, he was arrested by the police. Due to the police’s dissatisfaction with their discussions with him, Batmanov remained detained over the weekend in an office on the police station’s third floor without any food or water. In an attempt to escape, Batmanov jumped out…

Dublin Journalism Summer School

The European Union delegation in Moscow has a programme to promote stronger cultural ties between Russia and the European Union. As part of that programme they have agreed to support a journalism programme that brings together young Russian journalists with other journalists from different parts of Europe in a series of activities and events. The Dublin Summer school programme falls under this programme as an initiative to provide Russian and EU journalists with an opportunity to network, to learn and to practice their journalism on key issues pertinent to the EU. The objectives of the course are: To build strong…

IV Far Eastern Media Summit 2017

The IV Far Eastern Media Summit – 2017 will be held on June 8-9 on the premises of the Far Eastern Federal University campus, Russky Island, Vladivostok city, Russian Federation. Organizers of the Summit are: The Primorsky Territory Administration; The Primorsky Territory Legislative Assembly; Far Eastern Federal University; The all-Russian public organization « Russian Union of Journalists»; Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service; Regional public organization «Primorsky Territory branch of the all-Russian public organization «Russian Union of Journalists». This year Media Summit will unite about 7,000 experts and specialists in various fields. The EFJ will be represented by its…

Russian journalist Dmitri Popkov (Ton-M) shot dead

The International and the European Federations of Journalists (IFJ-EFJ) have joined their affiliate, the Russian Union of Journalists (the RUJ), in condemning the murder of Dmitry Popkov, co-founder and editor-in-chief of local newspaper Ton-M based in Minusinsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia. Dmitri Popkov was shot dead in the town of Minusinsk on 24 May, 2017, reports Index’s Mapping Media Freedom. The regional investigative committee reported that Popkov was shot five times by an unidentified perpetrator. His body was found in the sauna in his backyard. Popkov is well known in his region since he became a regional parliament deputy for the Communist Party.…

Freedom of the Media and Protection of Journalists in Russia

MMDC International Conference Freedom of the Media and Protection of Journalists in Russia Organizers: Mass Media Defense center, Glasnost Defense Foundation Moscow, May 25, 2017 9 30 – Registration of Participants 10 00 – 10 15. Opening remarks. Galina Arapova, MMDC director, Alexey Simonov, GDF president, Nadezda Azhgikhina, EFJ vice president. Introduction of participants. 10 15 – 12 00. Legal framework of media freedom and its implementation in Russia. Moderator: Nadezda Azhgikhina Speaker : Galina Arapova, MMDC, Tumas Misakyan, lawyer, Yury Kazakov, Public Chamber for Media Complains. Participants: Mikhail Afanasiev, Focus, Abakan, Oleg Shevtsov, Mir Belogorya, Belgorod, Dmitry Polyanin, Oblastnaya Gazeta,…

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