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Russia's media struggle under creeping crackdown

Russia's media struggle under creeping crackdown | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
MOSCOW – Russia's journalists are being subjected to an unprecedented crackdown on independent news coverage of President Vladimir Putin that appears to have coincided with Russia's heavy-handed incursion into
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A journalist is fired over an interview about a Ukrainian Nationalist. The owner of the publication is a Russian Oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin.

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Russian government cracks down on independent media and opposition websites

Russian government cracks down on independent media and opposition websites | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
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Federal agencies in Russia have been shutting down independent opposition media outlets under a narrow law that allows the government to do so with such outlets that are suspects in ongoing investigations and outlets that have "incited violence and  riots."

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The Kremlin’s Internet Annexation

The Kremlin’s Internet Annexation | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
For some reason, lawmakers in Russia today continue to add new powers to the state’s censorship utility-belt, as though the current panoply of Internet controls weren’t enough.
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Russia's government has been imposing censorship laws that are targeted at "anti-terrorism extremism" and "information that is sensitive to minors." The new laws require bloggers to register their domains through a Kremlin Media registry and requires social media websites like Facebook and Twitter to have archives available on Russian soil.

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Why Russia's Soft Internet Censorship Will Fail

Why Russia's Soft Internet Censorship Will Fail | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
The Russian government is trying to censor blogs by imposing media laws on them. This will not work because services are already moving to protect users.
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Instead of banning Twitter, Russia quietly passed a bill that forces all bloggers that receive 3000+ daily visitors to register as a member of the media in an effort to make media censorship to apply to personal bloggers. Those that fail to register will faces fines upwards of $900.

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European ruling spells trouble for online comment

European ruling spells trouble for online comment | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it

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The European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling that holds websites (both news and forums) accountable for anonymous comments and content that is posted to their website and can be held liable to the full extent of the law. This places a heavy burden on moderation and deters the criticism of online content.

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Moscow protest for media freedom draws 5,000 people

MOSCOW, April 13 (Reuters) - About 5,000 Russians, somewaving Ukrainian flags, rallied in central Moscow on Sunday toprotest at what they say is a government crackdown onindependent media intended to...

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A media freedom rally in Moscow happened in response to Russia's crackdown on the anti-invasion publications that citizens were creating.

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Foreign governments are effectively influencing CNN's coverage

Foreign governments are effectively influencing CNN's coverage | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it

Journalist Amber Lyon says she is the victim of CNN censorship in an exclusive interview to the Voice of Russia. Lyon shot her documentary “iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring” produced by CNN about Bahrain ...


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Entry ban on Russian journalists to enter Ukraine

Entry ban on Russian journalists to enter Ukraine | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it

The refusal to allow Russian journalists into Ukraine shows that Kieve is afraid its 'brainwashing campaign' will come to an end,' a Russian Foreign Ministry diplomat said on Thursday.

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Why I Was Attacked by Cossacks for Reporting in Crimea

Why I Was Attacked by Cossacks for Reporting in Crimea | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
Media outlets have come under mounting pressure in Crimea, with some reporters beaten and even abducted.
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A detailed eye-witness report of a police raid on equipment and footage from an AP news building.

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Media Censorship in Russia and the World

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A great video of the increased press censorship across the world, but more specifically in Russia and Eastern European countries.

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Could Serbia's new Prime Minister spell disaster for press freedom?

Could Serbia's new Prime Minister spell disaster for press freedom? | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
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Serbia's newly elected Prime Minister spent his early career pushing for harder fines for journalists and a harsh ban on foreign media. This is an administration to watch closely as they take power.

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Why should we care about press freedom?

Why should we care about press freedom? | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
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Why press freedom is important and how to promote it!

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Ukrainian journalists face threats as separatists make demands of media

Ukrainian journalists face threats as separatists make demands of media | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it

ProPro-Russian activists trying to impose censorship and control or scare away independent news outlets

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Pro-Russian separatists have been intimidating and inciting violence to Ukrainian media outlets and making demands about ramping up censorship to promote Pro-Russian sentiments within Ukraine.

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Putin's Russia: Censoring anti-invasion sentiment

Putin's Russia: Censoring anti-invasion sentiment | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
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An in-depth article about the lengths that the Kremlin taking to censor any anti-invasion sentiment present in the media.

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91 Journalists Killed Worldwide For Their Reporting On Crime Or Politics Last Year

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91 journalists were killed for reporting  on stories related to crime or politics last year. Presently, 24 journalists have been killed this year.

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Turkey Must Consult With EU Over Internet Censorship

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The EU ruled that Turkey is being forced to consult their harsh internet censorship rules with the EU. A special commission expressed that they are deeply concerned with the political climate present in Turkey with such strict laws being passed.

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Belarus makes it a crime to visit foreign websites

Belarus makes it a crime to visit foreign websites | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it

The Eastern European country of Belarus, already known for censorship and severe limitations on internet usage, is set to make its citizens' web access even more restricted. On January 6th, a law will go into effect that makes it illegal for Belarusian citizens or residents to visit any foreign websites. Furthermore, businesses or individuals may not provide services through domains not registered in Belarus, and owners of internet cafes or other such businesses can face charges if they don't monitor and report any violations of this law. This last provision even applies to individual citizens hosting guests in their home — if someone hits a foreign website, the computer's owner is bound by law to report it, or face charges himself.


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Belarus makes visiting foreign websites and domains a criminal act under the law of their country. The government went as far as outlawing any business transactions with non-Belarus domains.

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Peskov: Europeans cannot hear Russia's stance on Ukraine due to wall of censorship

Peskov: Europeans cannot hear Russia's stance on Ukraine due to wall of censorship | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it

The headline says it allRussia's position on Ukraine is not reaching European citizens because
it faces "a concrete wall of censorship," presidential press secretary
Dmitry Peskov said.

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The headline says it all! I do wish that I could get an opinion of the situation in Ukraine from a Russian citizen, but it is not possible at the current time do to extreme censorship laws.

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Russia Uses New Internet Censorship Bill To Silence Prominent Reporters Who Criticized The Government

Last summer, Russia passed an internet blacklist bill which required ISPs to censor certain sites. At the time, of course, Russian officials insisted it would be used to "protect the children" from "harmful information," including...

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Russia blacklists a civi liberties website/blog through a censorship bill in their legislature.

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How censorship can backfire

Newspapers in Petrograd also ceased publication for a week that corresponded with some of the earliest protests of the Russian Revolution in February 1917.

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Kremlin Censorship Comes to Crimea: Local TV silenced amid media blackout

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A news report centered on abducted journalists and the Russian censorship of Crimean news stations that were substituted for propaganda.

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New EU citizens' appeal targets press freedom

New EU citizens' appeal targets press freedom | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
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A detailed article about a petition that is gaining support in the EU. The petition must receive over one million signatures for the EU to be obligated to address the problem. The petition is focused on press freedoms within France, UK, Germany, and Italy, with other smaller countries joining as well.

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Turkey blocks Google DNS work-around to fortify Twitter ban

Turkey blocks Google DNS work-around to fortify Twitter ban | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it
Turkey is accused of being one of the worst violators of freedom of the press and free speech, with the highest number of imprisoned journalists in the world. ("We will wipe out Twitter. I don't care what the...community says.
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After the Turkish government banned the use of Twitter, citizens were using Goggle's DNS as a work-around to access the social media website. On March 22, 2014, the Turkish government blocked access to the Google DNS.

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'Nymphomaniac' Latest Pawn in Turkey's Battle Over Censorship

'Nymphomaniac' Latest Pawn in Turkey's Battle Over Censorship | Eastern European press: Censored or free? | Scoop.it

'Nymphomaniac' Latest Pawn in Turkey's Battle Over Censorship
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Among their complaints: censorship, surveillance, media meddling, and corruption.

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Turkish government officials further censored a film that already had an 18+ rating for "pornographic content" and "questionable morals."

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