Russian Elites Show No Sign of Broad Challenge to Putin

Many business owners and intellectuals fled Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, but others stayed behind, struggling to redefine their lives. Their diverging choices do not add up to a broad challenge to Vladimir Putin’s war.

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Russian Journalist’s Nobel Medal Sells for $103.5 Million

Dmitri A. Muratov, the editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, will donate proceeds to UNICEF to help Ukrainian child refugees.

#freedom-of-the-press, #heritage-auctions, #muratov-dmitri-a, #nobel-peace-prize, #novaya-gazeta, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Britain Approves Extradition Order for Assange

Priti Patel, Britain’s home secretary, approved the order. But Mr. Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who faces charges in the U.S. under the Espionage Act, is likely to appeal.

#assange-julian-p, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #wikileaks

How Journalists Wrestle With Covering Threats to Democracy

A new report challenges news outlets to provide richer, more urgent coverage of the rise of authoritarian movements in the United States and abroad.

#freedom-of-the-press, #internal-sub-only-nl, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #project-democracy, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

What Depp Trial Means for Media Companies’ Airing #MeToo Accusations

Both the women making accusations, and the press when it publishes them, assume the considerable risk that comes with antagonizing the rich, powerful and litigious.

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Thousands Swept Up as Kremlin Clamps Down on War Criticism

The arrests are a stark gauge of how the Kremlin has intensified repression of critics. At least 50 people now face years-long prison sentences.

#freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Russian Journalist to Auction Nobel Medal to Benefit Ukraine

Dmitri A. Muratov, whose newspaper was shuttered in response to the Kremlin’s increasingly draconian censorship, will donate the proceeds to Ukrainian refugees.

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In Iran, a New Wave of Repression Hits Acclaimed Filmmakers

The authorities in the Islamic Republic like to take credit for the country’s achievements in film, but are warning those who make them not to cross red lines at home.

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Israeli Police Attack Mourners Before Funeral for Shireen Abu Akleh

As hundreds gathered to witness the start of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral procession, riot police assaulted the people carrying her coffin.

#abu-akleh-shireen, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #east-jerusalem, #freedom-of-the-press, #funerals-and-memorials, #israel, #palestinians, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #west-bank

Supreme Court Leak Inquiry Exposes Gray Area of Press Protections

No law or written code of conduct prescribes how an investigation into the leak of a draft opinion should proceed, or whether journalists will be swept into it.

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The Man Who Could Ruin the Philippines Forever

We Filipinos were once proud of our democracy. The coming elections could see its end.

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Putin’s War on Information Is Far From Over

On this battlefield, lies are ammunition in Putin’s long and increasingly personal struggle to stay in power.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #propaganda, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

White House Correspondents’ Dinner Returns With Jokes and a Try for Normalcy

Amid concerns about Covid, President Biden offered some humor and received his own ribbing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a ritual that had gone on hiatus during the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #comedy-and-humor, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #noah-trevor-1984, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-correspondents-assn

Musk’s Ties to China Could Create Headaches for Twitter

Elon Musk has invested heavily in China, where officials are willing to influence or punish companies that cross political red lines.

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If Elon Musk Dismantles Twitter’s Terms of Service, He Might Regret It

Free speech absolutism might backfire when it comes to ining the company’s user base and profits.

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A Billionaires’ World

The world’s richest person didn’t like Twitter. So he’s buying it.

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Elon Musk’s Bid to Take Over Twitter

Readers discuss the free speech and media ownership issues raised by the offer. Also: Strategy in Ukraine; Bernie Sanders; preying on people of color.

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Kashmir Journalists Face Forbidding Pattern: Arrest, Bail, Rearrest

The practice, employed against at least three journalists in the restive region, is being used to limit free speech and chill news reporting, activists say.

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‘Seek and Hide’ Grapples With the Complexity of the Right to Privacy

The law professor Amy Gajda writes about the tug of war between the right to know and the right to be let alone.

#books-and-literature, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #gajda-amy, #privacy, #seek-and-hide-the-tangled-history-of-the-right-to-privacy-book

More Russians Consider Costs of War in Ukraine as Casualties Mount

Many Russians have been in the dark about their country’s losses. As news of more Russian deaths arrives, the reactions range from anger at the Kremlin to parroting the state’s messaging that blames “Nazis’’ in Ukraine.

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El Salvador’s New Law on Gangs Raises Censorship Fears

A measure punishing the sharing of information about gangs is so vague, critics say, that virtually anyone can be arrested for speaking or writing about them, putting journalists in the cross hairs.

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Putin’s European allies

The fight between democracy and autocracy is happening not only in Ukraine.

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What Putin’s Propaganda Looks Like From Both Sides of the Border

Two journalists — one Russian, one Ukrainian — bridge the information iron curtain.

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Do Russian Oligarchs Have a Secret Weapon in London’s Libel Lawyers?

How a group of attorneys worked to keep negative stories about President Vladimir Putin’s allies out of the British media for decades.

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Zelensky Gives Interview to Russian Journalists. Moscow Orders It Quashed.

The remarkable interview was still published by journalists outside of Russia, an episode that laid bare the extraordinary, and partly successful, efforts at censorship by Moscow.

#censorship, #freedom-of-the-press, #novaya-gazeta, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Fed Up With Deadly Propaganda, Some Russian Journalists Quit

At least four state television employees have publicly resigned, citing regret for their roles in promoting false narratives about Ukraine.

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Project Veritas Says Justice Dept. Secretly Seized Its Emails

In a court filing, the conservative group assailed prosecutors for concealing the action in a proceeding from the investigation of how it acquired Ashley Biden’s diary.

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How to Avoid Sharing Misinformation on the War in Ukraine

Here are warning signs to look for before you retweet.

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How Can Chechens Fight for Russia? a Chechen Journalist Asks

As a Chechen journalist, I watch videos of the Ukrainian bomb shelters and remember the brutal bombardment of Grozny. 

#chechnya-russia, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freedom-of-the-press, #grozny-russia, #kyiv-ukraine, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Russia I Know Is Being Erased

We will rebuild Russia, of course, slowly and patiently, just like the generation before us. But not before this one crumbles first.

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The Lies Putin Tells to Justify Russia’s War on Ukraine

The Kremlin has used a barrage of increasingly outlandish falsehoods to prop up its overarching claim that the invasion of Ukraine is justified.

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China’s Information Dark Age Could Be Russia’s Future

Russia and China have the tendency to learn the worst from each other: tyrants, famines, purges and, now, internet censorship.

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Russians Must Accept the Truth. We Failed.

Now we must bear that failure.

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Russian Censorship Law Forces Reporters to Weigh Safety

Western news outlets are engaging in a tense debate over balancing an urgent need to bear witness with journalists’ ability to report freely under strict new laws there.

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U.K. Supreme Court Says Assange Cannot Appeal His Extradition to U.S.

In a blow for the embattled WikiLeaks founder, the court said it had refused permission to appeal “because the application does not raise an arguable point of law.”

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First Amendment Scholars Want to See the Media Lose These Cases

Some legal experts say it is time to draw a sharp line between protected speech and harmful disinformation.

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4 Falsehoods Russians Are Told About the War

Russia’s disinformation machine is working in overdrive inside its own borders.

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Two Days of Russian News Coverage: An Alternate Reality of War

To watch news broadcasts of the fighting in Ukraine on the main state channels in Russia is to witness the extent of the Kremlin’s efforts to sanitize its war.

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Several Western News Organizations Suspended Operations in Russia

BBC and Bloomberg News were among the media outlets that instructed Russia-based reporters to cease news gathering after a new law cracked down on news and free speech.

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Russia Steps Up Censorship With Law Against ‘False Information’

Calling the war in Ukraine a “war” in social media, print or broadcast will be a crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail. Russia also blocked access to foreign news sites.

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China Embraces Russia’s Propaganda on the War

In much of the world, Russia is losing the information war over Ukraine. In China, though, it’s winning big.

#china, #freedom-of-the-press, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Last Vestiges of Russia’s Free Press Fall Under Kremlin Pressure

“Everything that’s not propaganda is being eliminated,” a Nobel Prize winning editor said as Russian authorities moved to control the narrative in the Ukraine war.

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BBC Revives Shortwave Radio Dispatches in Ukraine and Draws Ire of Russia

The British broadcaster is turning to frequencies that still work during a communications blackout.

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Russia’s War With Ukraine Already Costing Russian Economy

Despite the Kremlin’s efforts to obscure the offensive in Ukraine, the costs of the war were already evident in both economic and social turmoil.

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How China Uses Bots and Fake Twitter Accounts to Shape the Olympics

The country’s propagandists have used a variety of tools online to promote a vision of the Games that is free of rancor or controversy.

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Palin Libel Case Isn’t Likely to End Efforts to Weaken Press Protections

Lawyers sympathetic to revisiting libel law say several cases in the courts could be used to re-examine longstanding Supreme Court precedent.

#freedom-of-the-press, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #palin-sarah, #supreme-court-us

Judge Plans to Dismiss Sarah Palin’s Lawsuit Against The Times

The jury will continue to deliberate. The judge indicated that he believed an appeal was likely and said that the appeals court “would greatly benefit from knowing how the jury would decide” the case.

#freedom-of-the-press, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #palin-sarah

Zimbabwe Abruptly Closes Prosecution of Reporter for New York Times

Prosecutors ended their case against Jeffrey Moyo without calling key witnesses on Monday, prompting a move to dismiss a case that even government lawyers have called “shaky.”

#committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #mnangagwa-emmerson, #moyo-jeffrey, #new-york-times, #zimbabwe

New York Times May Publish Documents About Project Veritas, Court Says

A state appeals court said that a judge’s order preventing publication of the documents would not be enforced until a formal appeal could be heard.

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How a Uyghur Olympic Torchbearer Became a Divisive Symbol

For China, a Uyghur lighting the cauldron was a feel-good moment of ethnic unity. Western critics saw a cynical bid to whitewash human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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