Russian journalists’ union close to being disbanded

The Russian prosecutor’s office brought on a 350-page complaint against the independent Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union (JMWU), in order to disband it. The union learned about the complaint on 13 July. The complaint proposes that some of the employees are foreign agents while some were accused of systematically harming the state and society with their actions.

The reasons behind the complaint are mainly due to the fact that the JMWU publicly opposed the war in Ukraine, defended Russian journalists who were prosecuted, and criticized media censorship in their country. They also signed the ‘Perugia Declaration for Ukraine’, which confirmed their support for Ukrainian journalists.