OSCE Condemns Russia’s Decision to Outlaw Independent News Outlet Meduza

PeopleOther ♦ Published: January 31, 2023; 11:50 ♦ (Vindobona)

Moscow continues its campaign against opposition Russian media with unabated vigor. The Riga-based web portal "Meduza" is banned completely in Russia. The OSCE denounced the Russian authorities’ decision to outlaw one of the most popular Russian-language news portals.

The editor-in-chief of Meduza, Galina Timchenko, has had repeated difficulties with Vladimir Putin's regime as a journalist. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons /Okras / CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Russia has been cracking down on independent media and opponents of the regime with particular severity since its invasion of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin sees himself backed into a corner and the Kremlin's course is becoming increasingly totatilitary.

Last week, for example, the oldest human rights organization was banned, as Vindobona.org reported. The Kremlin is also cracking down on the media, as well as all other non-governmental organizations and institutions. …