Around the world, we face an existential crisis for democracy and its essential component, an independent, watchdog press. Journalists are being sued, jailed or killed; they face digital surveillance and harassment, and the flood of misinformation undermines public trust in their work. In this environment of political backlash, what are our challenges and how do we overcome them? In Russia, in particular, leading independent media outlets have been labelled “undesirable organizations” and their journalists branded “foreign agents,” with growing numbers forced into exile. Others have been jailed, and even murdered.
GIJN is pleased to announce an in-depth interview with 2021’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov. Muratov is editor in chief of Russia’s Novaya Gazeta, the nation’s leading independent newspaper. Novaya Gazeta is renowned for its investigations into corruption, human rights abuses, electoral fraud, police violence, and other misuses of power in a country where many news outlets have been forced to close or compromise their editorial work. Since 2000, at least five of Novaya Gazeta’s journalists have been killed, with Anna Politkovskaya the most prominent among them.
Muratov shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Filipina journalist Maria Ressa, “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”
Muratov will sit down with GIJN’s Executive Director David E. Kaplan and Deputy Director, Gabriela Manuli, and the interview will be concurrently translated into English, Russian, Arabic and French. It will be one hour long and include time for questions from the audience.
The event will take place on the 14th of December at 15:00 CET.
Sign up for the webinar here.
Organisation: Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)