“A false verdict” – Russia revokes license of a newspaper criticizing the Kremlin

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A Moscow court has revoked the license for the newspaper “Novaya Gazeta”, which is critical of the Kremlin. “The registration as a medium has been declared invalid,” the judge in charge reported on Monday, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. The newspaper’s editor-in-chief is Dmitri Muratov, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. The newspaper had tried to prevent this by suspending publication itself in March.

The withdrawal was made at the request of media regulator Roskomnadzor because the newspaper had not submitted its editorial status despite a warning. The court declared the printing license for the newspaper “invalid”, according to the “Novayy Gazeta” in online networks. The newspaper was forced to cease publication six months ago, shortly after the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine began.

At the time, Nobel laureate Muratov justified this with concerns for the well-being of correspondents after a “fake news law” went into effect in Russia. It provides for long prison terms for journalists whose publications contradict official statements. Novaya Gazeta had described the Russian attack on Ukraine as a war. Officially, in Russia it is only called “military special operation”.

“False judgment by political order”
Editor-in-chief Muratov announced that he would appeal against the revocation of the license. “This is a pseudo-judgment on a political order,” the 60-year-old said. “It doesn’t have the slightest legal basis.”

Source: Krone

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