Record number of journalists persecuted in 2017 worldwide
In 87 per cent of the cases, journalists were persecuted for their professional activity – primarily for covering political events.
In 2017, 262 journalists worldwide were the subject of a criminal prosecution on different charges. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), it is a record number of arrested. In 87 per cent of the cases, journalists were persecuted for their professional activity – primarily for covering political events.
For the second year in a row, Turkey is the country where the most journalists are subject to criminal prosecution (73 detained journalists in a year). In second place is China with 41 detainees; third is Egypt, where 20 people were persecuted.
In Russia, CJP found three cases of criminal prosecution of journalists who are Russian citizens. It concerns Aleksandr Sokolov, who used to work in RBC and was sentenced to 3.5 years in colony over a case of extremist community; Chief Editor of the Kaliningrad newspaper Novye Kolesa Igor Rudnikov, charged with extortion; and Kavkazsky Uzel correspondent Zhalaudi Geriev, convicted for drug possession.
In addition, according to CPJ, two foreigners are being prosecuted in Russia. They are freelance correspondent of Novaya Gazeta Khudoberdi Nurmatov (Ali Feruz) from Uzbekistan, accused of violating migration legislation, and Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko, detained on espionage charges.
An influential person in the Greek political scene has joined the team of lawyers of the so-called ‘Boss of Georgian mafia in Europe’. Zoe Konstantopoulou, leftist politician and the leader of the Political Movement Course to Freedom, specializes in international law and human rights.
Ex-Head of the Yekaterinburg Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption (OEBiPK) Vladimir Nechaev has evaded the FSB operatives right during the operation to detain him, having managed to transfer a house and plot in the Istra district of the Moscow region into the ownership of his underage daughter.
"Whoever owns Bronka rules the city." Why did Poltavchenko become interested in port of disgraced oligarch?
In November of last year, stevedoring companies of St. Petersburg faced black Friday. The port of Bronka departed to the clan of all-powerful ex-Head of the Federal Guard Service (FSO) Evgeny Murov. The other day it became known that oligarch Dmitry Mikhalchenko’s port of Bronka ownership was assigned to St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko. According to sources, an unexpected desire to develop Bronka is the last chance not to retire.