Russia: Moscow court revokes Novaya Gazeta’s print media license
The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) join their Russian affiliate, the Journalists and Media Workers Union (JMWU), in calling on the Russian authorities to reverse the recent decision to suspend the printing license of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and to end censorship of the publication and its journalists.
On September 5, a Moscow court upheld a request by Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor to revoke the newspaper’s printing license. The newspaper announced that it would appeal the decision.
Novaya Gazeta ceased printing in Russia on March 28, after receiving official warnings for allegedly failing to mark documents produced by so-called “foreign agents.” The court ruling would prevent the newspaper from resuming printing in the future. Roskomnadzor had accused the publication of failing to provide documents related to a change in ownership in 2006.
Novaya GazetaThe editor of Dmitry Muratov, who won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, said the decision was “a political political stunt, without the slightest legal basis”.
Some of the newspaper’s staff fled Russia and launched a new outlet, Novaya Gazeta Europe, published in several cities in Europe.
JMWU office secretary Andrei Jvirblis said: “This court decision makes no sense since the editorial staff itself suspended publication of the newspaper during the so-called ‘special operation on the territory of Ukraine’. “. This is a symbolic act by which the Russian authorities distance themselves from glasnost and the values of democracy and freedom embodied by this newspaper. This will not prevent our colleagues from Novaya Gazeta from continuing to do their work, with or unlicensed.
The IFJ and the EFJ condemned the “travesty of justice”. They demanded that the withdrawal of the newspaper’s license be revoked.