“Novaya Gazeta” has been under heavy pressure for years, and the newspaper’s website is now banned. Officials intend to appeal.
Russia’s judiciary has now revoked the website license of the country’s most famous independent newspaper, “Novaya Gazeta”. Russia’s Supreme Court has “ordered the closure of the ‘Novaya Gazeta’ website (novayagazeta.ru) as a Russian media outlet,” the newspaper said in a statement circulated online on Thursday.
The decision was made at the request of Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor, which accused Novaya Gazeta of violating laws against “foreign agents”. “We have the right to appeal the decision, we will certainly use it,” the newspaper’s leadership declared in its statement.
Reporters and editors have left Russia
“Novaya Gazeta” stopped publishing its print and online editions in March as part of a campaign against critics of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Due to new restrictions on reporting on the Ukraine conflict, he announced that he would eventually suspend his reporting. Most of the newspaper’s reporters and editors left Russia.
A Moscow court revoked Novaya Gazeta’s printing license a week and a half ago. The decision came shortly after the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last head of state of the Soviet Union, who helped found Novaya Gazeta in the 1990s.
Independent Russian media have been under intense pressure for years. Their situation worsened once Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine began. Meanwhile, all of Russia’s major independent media outlets have closed or suspended their domestic operations under restrictions and threats of retaliation for reporting on Russian military operations. The editor-in-chief of “Novaya Gazeta” newspaper Dmitry Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year.