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Doughty Street Chambers, in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is delighted to host the third of our International Media Defence seminars, focusing on Russia.
Russia is a dangerous place to be a journalist. In recent years numerous journalists have been beaten or killed in relation to their work. The investigations into their deaths have been inadequate and have fostered a culture of impunity. The pressure on independent media has grown steadily since Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012. In 2016, Russia was ranked 148th on the World Press Freedom Index. Recent years have also demonstrated the particular challenges for international and UK-based media organisations and journalists covering Russian affairs, and the growing problems faced in reporting Russian issues in the UK.
This seminar will discuss the current situation in Russia and what action journalists and media defence lawyers in the United Kingdom can take to protect themselves and colleagues in their work, and to assist fellow journalists in need. Keina Yoshida (Doughty Street Chambers) will also suggest practical steps which journalists and media defence lawyers in the UK can take to support Russian colleagues.