Goat’s Head, Funeral Wreath, Threats for Russia Paper

A funeral wreath, a severed goat's head and threatening notes were sent to Novaya Gazeta’s Moscow office this week in the latest threats against the paper's journalists. The funeral wreath came with a note calling reporter Denis Korotkov "a traitor to his country," while a basket containing a severed goat's head and red carnations included a note that read: "To Novaya Gazeta's chief editor. Greetings to you and Korotkov!" One of the last independent news outlets in Russia, the publication is critical of President Vladimir Putin and his government. The newspaper has said that authorities are conducting a smear campaign against Korotkov, whom authorities claimed has endangered Russian soldiers' families by publishing the personal information of pilots serving in the Russian Air Force in Syria – a story which the paper says it did not publish.

Source: CPJ and Novaya Gazeta

Posted on: October 22, 2018

Venezuelan Journalists Flee After Threats

Four Venezuelan journalists have fled the country after being threatened and sued for reporting irregularities in food distribution companies linked to the Maduro government, reports El PAIS. Investigative journalists Alfredo Meza, Ewald Scharfenberg, Joseph Poliszuk and Roberto Deniz of GIJN-member organization Armando.info recently published two reports on inflated food prices within the government food distribution system at a time when the nation is coping with a food crisis. The stories exposed the continued relationship the Maduro administration has with notorious Colombian businessman Alex Saab. Following publication, the journalists were threatened. Saab accused the reporters of defamation and aggravated injury charges, which carry a prison sentence of one to six years.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: February 8, 2018