Novaya Gazeta will not be deployed until the end of the “special military operation” in Ukraine. The team made its decision after receiving “another warning” from Roskomnadzor agency restricting press freedom. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
For the same reason, Novaya Gazeta will not be published either. After “another warning,” the editors decided to stop publishing the magazine, whether in print or on the website.
Novaya Gazeta stopped until the end of the war in Ukraine
Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, was awarded in 2021 the Nobel Peace Prize “for decades of defending freedom of expression in Russia under increasingly harsh conditions.” The magazine was founded in 1993 and has attempted to publish in-depth articles while avoiding duplicating official propaganda as much as possible.
After the enactment of a law providing for high fines and even a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for statements about the war in Ukraine that contradict the Kremlin’s official message, the possibility of transmitting censorship-free content has become impossible. Novaya Gazeta tried to circumvent the restrictions, but it was necessary to suspend its publication.
– We received another warning from Roskomnadzor. After that, we stop publishing the newspaper on the Internet and on paper until the end of the “special operation on the territory of Ukraine” – inform the editorial office.
In a short article, the editors explained that receiving two warnings from Roskomnadzor during the year could lead to the withdrawal of the license to conduct media activities. Roskomnadzor sent the first warning to Novaya Gazeta on March 22. The reason was supposed to be the “non-profit NGO not being classified as a foreign client” mentioned in the article.
The “Second Written Warning to the Editor and Founder” was issued based on a similar objection. The editors said the reason was supposed to be “a reference to an unmarked foreign NGO”.
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