Russia

Too dangerous to stay: Russia’s journalists are leaving the country

A country with the largest territory in the world and a turbulent modern history, Russia is home to one of the most difficult media landscapes. Independent media has been around for less than three years, and in that time censorship has been tightening its grip with new-found strength.

Illiberal democracies: Awash in media without plurality

Visitors to Eurasian countries — Turkey, Russia, Ukraine or, to a lesser extent, Azerbaijan — might be impressed by the sheer number of domestic television channels that offer news programming. But all the coverage doesn’t translate into media plurality.

For the sake of the public’s right to know, journalists must be granted access

From the beginning of 2017 until April 2018, 143 reports of blocked access, in which journalists were expelled from a location or prevented from speaking to a source, were submitted to Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project.