International Media Defence seminar series: Journalists at Risk in Russia

Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017

Time: 18:00 - 19:30

Location: 53-54 Doughty Street Chambers, London WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Keina Yoshida, Nani Jansen Reventlow, John Battle (ITN), Galina Arapova (Mass Media Defence Centre, Voronezh), Luke Harding (The Guardian, author of "Mafia State")



Doughty Street Chambers, in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders (RSF), invites you to the third of our International Media Defence seminars, focusing on Russia.


Russia is a dangerous place to be a journalist. In recent years numerous journalists have been beaten or killed in relation to their work. The investigations into their deaths have been inadequate and have fostered a culture of impunity. The pressure on independent media has grown steadily since Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012. In 2016, Russia was ranked 148th on the World Press Freedom Index. Recent years have also demonstrated the particular challenges for international and UK-based media organisations and journalists covering Russian affairs, and the growing problems faced in reporting Russian issues in the UK.


This seminar will discuss the current situation in Russia and what action journalists and media defence lawyers in the United Kingdom can take to protect themselves and colleagues in their work, and to assist fellow journalists in need. Keina Yoshida (Doughty Street Chambers) will also suggest practical steps which journalists and media defence lawyers in the UK can take to support Russian colleagues.


Other seminars in this series have focused on Egypt (19 January) and Turkey (9 February).  To learn more please click on the country’s name.


This is an invitation only event, if you are interested in attending please email

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