The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta came with a court decision on the license

The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta came with a court decision on the license
The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta came with a court decision on the license

Moscow – Today, a Moscow court granted the request of the Russian censorship agency Roskomnadzor and declared the license of the opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta invalid, the TASS agency reported. In March, in connection with the Russian war in Ukraine and the Russian authorities’ crackdown on independent media, the newspaper stopped publishing and also stopped publishing articles on its website.

“The court accepted Roskomnadzor’s administrative claim,” a court official told TASS. The agency added that Rozskomnadzor filed the lawsuit due to the fact that the editorial office of New Newspaper did not submit its statutes on time, as required by the media law in Russia.

In March, Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitriy Muratov, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, announced that his newspaper was suspending operations until the end of Russia’s “special operation” in Ukraine. He explained that this is happening after the newspaper received the umpteenth warning from the censorship office. At the same time, Muratov used the term “special operations”, which the Kremlin uses to denote the war in Ukraine launched by Russia at the end of February, and which it is trying to force its use in the media as well.

Novaya Gazeta, which Muratov co-founded in 1993, was one of the last independent media outlets in Russia. The newspaper is mainly known for its investigations into corruption or human rights violations in Chechnya. Acclaimed journalist Anna Politkovská, who was murdered in 2006, also worked for the paper.

After the start of the war in Ukraine, a number of independent media in Russia closed or suspended their activities. A law passed in March also contributed to this, which introduced criminal liability for the publication of what state power in Russia defines as disinformation and false news about the Russian military, for discrediting the armed forces and for calls for sanctions.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that the Russian court’s decision is “a new blow to the independence of the Russian media, whose activities have already been curtailed by legal restrictions and increasing state controls imposed after the Russian Federation’s attack on Ukraine,” she said today, according to the agency AFP spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.

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