Russia media groups report police raiding journalists’ homes

(FILE) A file picture taken in front of the Saudi Consulate in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, west of Paris on October 1, 2019 shows dummies with press armbands and jacket piled up by Reporters without borders (RSF) members during a protest to mark the one year of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. - The annual report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on April 19, 2021 that journalism was at least partly blocked in nearly three-quarters of the 180 countries surveyed. Its World Press Freedom Index found 73 countries "totally blocked or seriously impeded" journalism, while it was "constrained" in 59 others, adding that many governments had used the pandemic to worsen repression. (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP) Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP/dpa

Russian police were reportedly searching the homes of multiple journalists on Tuesday, with at least one detention reported.

Internet news portal Projekt reported that police had been at the home of chief editor Roman Badanin and that they had detained deputy chief editor Mikhail Rubin. Access to Projekt’s website was also disrupted sporadically.

Employees with Projekt speculated that the searches were linked to a 2017 report by the group about a St Petersburg business executive.

Media operations critical of the Russian government have complained they are coming under increasing pressure from the government. Some, like the Meduza portal, which have been critical of the government, have been categorized as “foreign agents.”

Meduza says that the designation meant that business partners cut ties and that the Latvian-based organization had to shut down some of its editorial offices and slash pay for its employees.

Send your news stories to and via WhatsApp on +233 244244807
Follow News Ghana on Google News


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here