Conversation with Galina Timchenko: Can Meduza survive the “Foreign Agent” Status?

  • Online-Talk

  • 26 May, 9 CEST/ 10 Moscow

  • fjum, Presseclub Concordia, IPI

On April 23, Latvia-based independent newspaper Meduza was declared a “foreign agent” by the Russian state. The decision by Russia’s Justice Ministry made two publications (Meduza and PASMI, a Russia-based news medium reporting on corruption) the latest in a string of independent media to be added to the list of co-called “foreign agents”, throwing them into financial jeopardy.

Under the law, both news outlets will now legally have to put a disclaimer above every text they publish, both for articles on their websites and posts on social media. In 24-point font, this warning alerts viewers that they are about to read content from a “foreign agent”.

If media do not comply, they face fines, criminal charges or even a complete publication ban in Russia.


*  Can Meduza survive this pressure?
*  How will this effect their business model?
*  Does independent journalism have future in Russia?
*  How can international media community support Meduza and other affected media?

Join this special briefing with Galina Timchenko followed by a live Q&A, moderated by Mirjana Tomić, Presseclub Concordia/fjum.

This event is organized by fjum, in partnership with Presseclub Concordia and IPI.

The link to the video conference will be sent out one day prior to the event.

Mirjana Tomić