There is a lot of pressure on independent media and journalists in Russia at this time. Elections are to be held here on September 19 and it is believed that these elections are important to consolidate its power before the presidential elections of 2024.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Speaking against President Vladimir Putin in Russia, two online news websites have suffered. The Russian administration has blocked them for criticizing the government. Before Russia’s parliamentary elections are due in September, the government is trying its best to suppress its criticisms and the free media.
Oktrytye Media and MBKh Media, backed by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, considered a critic of the Kremlin, have been blocked. Khodorkovsky said on Wednesday night that these websites are not running on most Internet providers in Russia. Khodorkovsky is a Russian industrialist. After being in jail for more than a decade, he moved to London. It is believed that these cases were registered against Vladimir Putin for challenging him.
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Both media sites say that no information was given before blocking. According to Russia’s State Registry of Blocked website, the future of these websites is now dependent on the order coming from the office of the Prosecutor General. According to the law cited in this registry, block websites have encouraged public tension, extremist activities and organizing illegal rallies.
Heavy pressure on media and journalists
There is a lot of pressure on independent media and journalists in Russia at this time. Elections are to be held here on September 19 and it is believed that these elections are important to consolidate its power before the presidential elections of 2024. Putin, 68, has been in power for the past two decades. Last year he also changed the constitution, giving him the power to remain in power until 2036.
Action on many media organizations
In recent times, the government has taken action against many independent media organizations and journalists. He was branded a foreign agent, which brought him under additional government scrutiny. Along with this, an attempt was also made to defame him. Apart from this, raids are being conducted from the houses of journalists to their offices. One of the media organizations against which the action has been taken published a report on corruption alleged by top officials and businessmen close to Putin.
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