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,…

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.