Russia Blocks Novaya Gazeta Website – TBEN – 11/17/2022

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Russia blocked access to independent publication’s website Novaya Gazeta on Thursday.

It is the latest in a series of blows to the newspaper, which often reported stories at odds with the Kremlin’s.

In March, Novaya Gazeta suspended publication in print and online due to strict new censorship laws introduced after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Many employees moved to the European Union, where they set up a sister website. Access to this sister website was subsequently blocked in July by Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor.

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Meanwhile, Russian courts revoked Novaya Gazeta’s media license in September.

A legendary history

Novaya Gazeta was the last and most prominent independent media outfit in Russia.

The award-winning newspaper was founded in 1993 with funding from former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Editor Dmitry Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021, along with Philippine editor Maria Ressa, for his contribution to ensuring press freedom in Russia. Months later, authorities cracked down on his newsroom.

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“What you are doing is murder,” Muratov said when the online license of the publication was suspended by authorities in September. “You are depriving hundreds of people of their jobs and readers – there were 27 million in March – of their right to information.”

Reuters and news agencies TASS contributed to this article.

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