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In the year of the war between Russia and Ukraine, press rights were violated more than 900 times

During the year of the war between Russia and Ukraine, more than 900 cases of attacks on journalists in these countries, censorship, violations of freedom of expression and media harassment were documented. This is stated in the report of the International Press Institute.

The document’s writers note that Russian authorities are responsible for 80% of violations.

On the territory of Ukraine, the press institute fixed since the start of the war, 300 threats against journalists, including 100 attacks, by Russian forces.

Dozens of media workers found themselves in combat zones under threat of Russian bombardment. More than 30 members of the press were injured. 12 journalists died – most of them in the line of duty.

The Institute has recorded around 30 cases of attacks on Ukrainian media infrastructure, as well as several dozen cyberattacks on Ukrainian news agencies.

In Russia, since the start of the armed invasion, 610 violations of media rights have been recorded. Most of them are related to censorship, arrests of correspondents and regulations that prevent journalists from doing their job.

The report’s authors counted about 200 cases of Russian news sites being blocked for reporting on the war. At least 160 journalists have been detained, arrested and prosecuted, mainly for covering anti-war protests.

Due to the appearance in Russian legislation of an article about fakes about the Russian army after the attack on Ukraine, most independent media were forced to suspend their work or refuse to cover the war . Media workers have left en masse for other countries to continue their work and avoid criminal charges. False Russian authorities call any information about the war in Ukraine different from the version of the Russian Ministry of Defense. Under a criminal article on the propagation of forgeries, he threatens up to 15 years in prison. According to human rights activists, this article actually introduced military censorship into the country.

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