Week-ending 19 June 2020
Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva facing trial over terrorism commentary
New York, June 15, 2020 – In advance of tomorrow’s trial of Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva on charges of “justifying terrorism,” the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Russian authorities should drop the absurd charges against journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva, lift the travel ban imposed against her, unfreeze her assets, and allow her to work freely and safely,” said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said.
Source: CPJ, 15 June 2020
Russia Commences Bogus Terrorism Trial Against Journalist
Authorities have indicted her for “public incitement to terrorist activity, public justification or propaganda of terrorism.” If convicted, Prokopyeva faces a maximum seven years of imprisonment. Human Rights Watch, 16 June 2020 [Author: Damelya Aitkhozhina]
Russian Journalist Prokopyeva Rejects Charges Of ‘Justifying Terrorism’
PSKOV, Russia — Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva again has rejected charges that she had “justified terrorism” by publishing an online commentary that linked a suicide bombing with the country’s political climate as her trial resumed proceedings. RFE/RL, 16 June 2020