29 Oct 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 29 Oct 2018 Russian Federation

Heavy Fine Against Independent News Website The New Times

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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On 26 October, Moscow's Tverskoi District Court imposed fines of 22.250.000 rubles (EUR 300.000) against the independent online news website "The New Times" and 30.000 rubles (EUR 400) against the website's editor, Yevgenia Albats, for allegedly failing to comply with financial reporting obligations under Russia's controversial "foreign agents" law. In an interview with RFE/RL, Yevgenia Albats said she believed the court decision was intended to punish her for an interview she conducted on the Ekho Moskvy radio station earlier in the week with opposition politician Aleksei Navalny. The Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) issued a statement, on 28 October, condemning this unprecedented court decision as an obvious move to shut down "The New Times".
Follow-ups
29 Oct 2018
New OSCE Reprensentative on Freedom of the Media: "High fine threatening closure of online Russian news outlet is detrimental to freedom of media, says OSCE media freedom representative"
29 Oct 2018
New Council of Europe Secretary General : "Excessive fine for ‘New Times’ endangers media pluralism and press freedom"
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