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,…

Russia: IFJ/EFJ express their condolences following death of journalist Nicolay Andrushchenko

The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) have joined the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) in expressing their deepest condolences to the newspaper Noviy Petersburg after the death of its investigative journalist and co-founder of the newspaper Nicolay Andrushchenko who died on 19 April in Mariinsky hospital at the age of 73. The IFJ has also backed calls for a full investigation in to his death. Andruschenko was a prominent journalist famous for his investigative reporting on such dangerous topics as local crime, corruption, and police brutality. He was reported to have been severely beaten by unidentified…

Russia: “Novaya Gazeta” journalists threatened by Chechen religious and public leaders

UPDATE (19.04.2017): Newspaper Novaya Gazeta received today an envelope containing an unidentified white powder. The envelope’s return address was “Grozny,” the capital of Chechnya, where preachers and political officials have recently threatened the newspaper for reporting on the alleged torture and detention of men suspected of homosexuality. ——————— The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) have joined their Russian affiliate, the Russian Union of Journalists (the RUJ), in expressing their concern over serious threats by religious and  public opinion leaders in Chechnya against journalists and media staff at Novaya Gazeta, the leading independent newspaper in Russia. The…

Quality Press and its development in Russia’s regions

“The influence of propaganda and self-censorship, new channels of distribution and the attractiveness of Internet to the youth are all challenges we have to find best practice”, said Liubov Petrova, director general of the media group “journalist” at the beginning of a major media forum on developments and perspectives for quality press in Russia. About 200 editors’ in chief, publishers and journalists from throughout Russia joined these two days meeting covering new and traditional media trends, problems of press subscription, digital challenges and new technologies. The quality of the content has decreased, advertisement revenue has decreased, subscriptions have decreased while…

International Media Forum on Quality Press and Its Development

The international conference is organized by Journalist Media Group in the Academy of Public Economy, in Moscow. The vice-president of the EFJ Nadezda Azhgikhina and the EFJ Director Renate Schroeder will attend the conference.  

Russia: 13 journalists detained, more beaten during protests

The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) have today condemned the detention of at least 13 international and local journalists by Russian authorities during nationwide anti-corruption protests on 26 March. The demonstrations were not officially authorised in many Russian cities including Moscow and Saint-Petersburg which led to the detention of hundreds of people. Six journalists – among them two international correspondents – were detained in the capital Moscow, three in Saint-Petersburg and four more in other Russian cities. Reports added that the police also threatened and hit some reporters to prevent them from covering the demonstrations. Journalist…

Norwegian journalist denied entry in Russia

Barents Observer Editor Thomas Nilsen was on business trip with a delegation from the Danish Parliament´s Committee of Foreign Affairs, on 8 March 2017, when he learned that he can’t enter Russia, despite having a valid visa. When Nilsen arrived in Borisoglebsk, the cross-border point between Russia and Norway, he was told by FSB border guards that he is not allowed to enter due to security reasons. Barents Observer quoted Nilsen describing the incident: “I was told it was necessary to deny me access to Russia for the purpose of state security. The officers could not elaborate further and it was…

Russia: police raided home of journalist and human rights activist Zoya Svetova

The home of Russian journalist and human rights activist Zoya Svetova was raided by the police on February 28. According to her lawyer Anna Stavitskaya, ten investigators and two representatives of Federal Security Bureau (FSB) entered the property in the morning and searched her computer, personal papers and books. Stavitskaya believes that the raid is connected to Yukos (the oil company) case for alleged tax evasion. She explained that Russian law enforcement agencies think that the proceeds are used to fund organisations and individuals, among them Svetova. The Moscow Times columnist is known for her work on prisoners’ rights in…

Russian blogger extradited to Azerbaijan

UPDATE (07.03.2017): The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) alert submitted on the detention of Alexander Lapshin to Council of Europe platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists. He is currently located at the Detention Center of the Baku Investigative Prison Nr 1. ——————- Russian blogger Alexander Lapshin, who also holds Ukrainian and Israeli citizenships, was extradited to Azerbaijan, after the Supreme Court in Belarus decided to send him to Baku despite the objections from Moscow. The blogger, who is famous for writing about traveling, was arrested in Minsk in December…