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.
The decision on the undesirability of one of the most influential thieves in law Tariel Oniani’s (Mulukhov) stay in Russia after his release next year was taken on August 6 by Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev. After Oniani’s release, the MIA explained, he will be expelled from Russia for life.
The gray cardinal of Karachay-Cherkessia (KChR), Senator Rauf Arashukov used opportunities to influence the Cherkessian community of the region, especially youth. He was nominated to the post of Prime-Minister of the republic. However, no one shared his political wishes and methods of struggle. According to the sources of The CrimeRussia, the Senator masterminded the murder of youth movement leader Aslan Zhukov in 2010. Many people knew about, the witnesses of a high-profile crime testified against him. But the political weight and ties terminated the case. And even the self-proclaimed killer was unable to prove his guilt in court. However, as it became known the other day, six years after his acquittal, he gave himself up once again.