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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday slammed Russia’s closure of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Moscow offices, saying independent media was a “deep threat” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The truth, responsible journalism, sharing what’s actually going on with citizens is a deep threat to Vladimir Putin and his illegal war and his authoritarian tendencies,” […]

Russia said Wednesday it was closing the Moscow offices of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in retaliation for Ottawa’s banning of Russian state media outlet RT. “A decision was made to take retaliatory measures in connection with Canada’s actions, in this case to close the Moscow offices of Canadian television and radio broadcasting company CBC, including […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday signed into law a bill introducing jail terms of up to 15 years for publishing “fake” information about Russia’s actions abroad, as Moscow’s troops continue their military operation in Ukraine. The bill, adopted by Russia’s parliament this week, sets out jail terms and fines for people who publish “knowingly false […]

Dozens of Ukrainian officials, journalists and activists have been detained or forcibly disappeared by invading Russian forces, the UN said Friday, warning that some cases resembled “hostage-taking”. Since Russia invaded Ukraine just over a month ago, the United Nations rights office said it had documented the arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of 22 local Ukrainian […]

Australian journalist Cheng Lei will face trial in China next week on charges of supplying state secrets, according to a report Friday, two years after she was detained by Beijing authorities. Cheng Lei disappeared in August 2020 and was formally arrested for “illegally supplying state secrets overseas” in February last year. The mother of two […]

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.