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