The Ministry of Justice of Russia recognized the international non-commercial organization Article 19 as undesirable on the territory of the country. It is engaged in the protection and promotion of freedom of speech, including in Russia and other European countries.
Being on the list of undesirables means that the organization is prohibited from operating in the country, and Russian citizens are prohibited from cooperating with it under threat of criminal prosecution. The NGO monitors the situation with the rights to freedom of speech in the world and disinformation campaigns, conducts trainings for journalists and media literacy.
Russia ranks 164th out of 180 in the annual press freedom rating compiled by Reporters Without Borders. The situation worsened sharply after the invasion of Ukraine.
Thousands of websites and more than a million individual pages are blocked in the country. Hundreds of journalists were forced to emigrate. Hundreds of mass media are closed or blocked. Dozens of media workers are in prison or under criminal prosecution solely for their work.
- In addition to Article 19, two organizations, the ban of which has already been reported, were added to the list of undesirables. This is the Czech legal entity of the DOXA magazine and the Russian Election Monitor research center.