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European elections ….and latest on Russian prisoners

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(es) Vienna, March 22 2024

As the European elections approach, the Euractiv newsletter describes moves to join forces with the historically centre-right European People’s Party. It is a move that suits Vladimir Putin and his new model army of trolls and disinformation.

The New York Times today documents just how many of our colleagues remain in prison in Putin’s Russia:

The Committee to Protect Journalists has documented that at least 320 members of the press were behind bars around the globe as 2024 began. In Vladimir Putin’s police state, at least 22 journalists are jailed, most for committing that most elemental of journalistic duties, speaking the truth. Two of them are American reporters. One of them, Evan Gershkovich of The Wall Street Journal, will soon mark a year in the infamous Lefortovo prison, awaiting trial on charges of espionage. The other, Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was arrested while visiting her mother and has been in detention since October.

The charges against both are a travesty. Their incarceration is a violation of their rights and an assault on foreign journalists that is even more egregious than what transpired under Soviet rule. The Biden administration should continue to do all in its power to secure their freedom… More


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