Russian journalists open outlet in Europe after Moscow-based newspaper suspended publication

The plaque of Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta is seen next to an entrance to the office in Moscow October 8, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

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April 7 (Reuters) – Russian journalists from the investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta said on Thursday they were launching a new outlet in Europe after their newspaper suspended operations following warnings they received from authorities.

Novaya Gazeta, whose editor Dmitry Muratov was co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last year, was among the liberal Russian media facing increased pressure following Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.

Last month, the newspaper said it could no longer operate in Russia after receiving warnings from communications watchdog Roskomnadzor for failing to correctly identify an organization deemed a ‘foreign agent’ by authorities in its publications. .

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At the time, the regulator said it had issued two warnings to Novaya Gazeta, news organizations reported.

Novaya Gazeta, which had removed information about Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine from its website to comply with a new media law, said it could not resume operations until what Russia calls his “special military operation” in Ukraine.

“We Novaya Gazeta journalists who have been forced to leave Russia due to a virtual ban on our profession, are pleased to announce that ‘Novaya Gazeta. Europe’, a media outlet that shares our values ​​and standards, is starting his job,” Kirill said. Martynov, editor of New Venture, said in a statement.

The new outlet, which is not officially affiliated with Novaya Gazeta, will publish articles about Russia in different languages, Martynov said.

“We will cover world and Russian news for people who read Russian and share European values,” he said.

Martynov added that Novaya Gazeta reporters hope to eventually resume their work in Moscow.

Created after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Novaya Gazeta and its journalists have faced intimidation and attacks following investigations into rights abuses and corruption.

Muratov dedicated his Nobel Peace Prize to the memory of six of his newspaper’s journalists who were murdered for their work.

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Reuters reporting; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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