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4th September

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Dissenting reporters killed in Russia

Authorities must thoroughly investigate the murder of Telman Alishayev, a reporter and host for the Islamic television channel TV-Chirkei, and the severe attack in Kabardino-Balkariya against Miloslav Bitokov, editor-in-chief of the independent weekly Gazeta Yuga.

Alishayev died today of gunshot wounds sustained in an attack in Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala. He is the second journalist to be shot and killed in the restive North Caucasus region in three days. Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of the critical news Web site Ingushetiya, was killed in the custody of Ingush police on Sunday.

In a separate incident, Bitokov was hospitalized today with multiple injuries after three unidentified men beat him at the entrance to his apartment building in Nalchik, capital of the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkariya.

Just three days after the death of our colleague Magomed Yevloyev, we mourn the loss of yet another Russian journalist. Our deepest condolences go to Telman Alishayev's family, colleagues, and friends, said Nina Ognianova, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator. The vicious string of violence against journalists in the North Caucasus region can only be countered by the resolve of Russian authorities to solve these crimes. We call on police and prosecutors to aggressively investigate Telman Alishayev's murder and Miloslav Bitokov's beating, and to bring all of the perpetrators to justice.

The independent weekly Gazeta Yuga is one of the few news outlets in Kabardino-Balkariya to openly criticize local authorities.


7th September

Offsite: The Death of Magomed Yevloyev...

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One can only guess what happened on 31 August in business class on a flight from Moscow to Magas, the capital of Ingushetiya between two Ingush men: Murat Zyazikov, pro-Kremlin Ingush president, and Magomed Yevloyev, businessman, lawyer and the owner of popular website, known for its uncompromising criticism of the region's administration. But what happened after the aircraft landed in Magas airport sounds like a gangster movie: minutes after the cortege of the Ingush president left the airport, another cortege led by the Ingush interior minister, followed by his well-armed guard, arrived on the runway. They met Yevloyev at the steps of the aircraft, put him in a Volga saloon car and drove away.

As they drove he was shot in the temple… They threw him out of the car near the hospital, a lawyer for the website told journalists. ‘He was found there and quickly taken to the operating theatre, where he died.' Ingush police claimed Yevloyev was shot accidentally.

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News agency closed as Russia's internet censors get easily offended by Pussy Riot video

Link Here 3rd November 2013
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Reporters Without Borders is appalled by a Moscow court's decision to grant a request by the Federal Agency for the Supervision of Communications, Roskomnadzor, for the withdrawal of the news agency Rosbalt s licence.

This grave decision sets an extremely dangerous precedent for freedom of information in Russia and we urge the judicial system to overturn it on appeal.

Rosbalt has fallen victim not only to a repressive law with disproportionate penalties but also to absurd and unfair judicial proceedings. It has been punished for content it did not produce on the basis of inadmissible evidence, and before any court examined its appeals against the warning previously issued in this matter.

Rosbalt s CEO Larisa Afonina told Reporters Without Borders that the news agency would appeal against the closure order.

The apparent reasons for such drastic censorship seems trivial indeed. Two offending videos cited in the lawsuit were posted during the past summer. One, about the punk group Pussy Riot entitled The girls have sung a new song was posted on the Rosbalt site on 16 July. The other, entitled Krasnodar guy , shows a man with an axe being arrested.

Rosbalt said it took both videos from YouTube. The swearwords are uttered by the protagonists of the videos, not the news agency's staff. Rosbalt complied immediately when Roskomnadzor requested the removal of the videos on 27 July.

The news agency was therefore amazed to learn at the start of October that Roskomnadzor had brought two complaints against it (one for each video) and was seeking nothing less than its closure .



Offsite Article: A complete guide to who controls the Russian news media...

Link Here 10th December 2013
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Link Here 29th January 2014
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Tit for tat...

Russia responds to Ofcom investigation of propaganda channel RT by investigating the BBC propaganda channel

Link Here 11th January 2019
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Russia's media censor says it has found material on BBC websites that broadcast the ideological attitudes of international terrorist organisations.

Roskomnadzor said it was looking at quotes from the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The regulator said it would now review the BBC's output for compliance with its Russian broadcast licence.

It is a response to the UK's media censor Ofcom who investigation and censure of Russia's propaganda channel RT.


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