Putin’s War on Journalists


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Thursday May 5, 2022 12:00pm to 1:30pm ET


CFE Virtual Forum Series: #3 in CFE Series: Threats to Press Freedom

Truth is the first casualty of war, as the saying goes. But Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken that a dangerous step further, directly targeting journalists who dare to report the truth. Over the years, Russian journalists have been killed, imprisoned, arrested, beaten, and censored – but now, to wage his war in Ukraine, Putin has stepped up the attacks, all but silencing any remnants of an independent media. How are Russian journalists bravely fighting back – and what can we do to help?

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, PEN Canada, World Press Freedom Canada


  • Ekaterina Kotrikadze, News Director and Anchor, Dozhd (Rain TV) – Russia’s last interdependent TV channel, closed on March 3, 2022
  • Alexey Kovalev, Investigative reporter & editor, Meduza, Russian independent news site. Has written for Moscow Times, Guardian, New York Times
  • Maxim Trudolyubov, former Editorial Page Editor, Vedomosti, Opinion Writer, International New York Time; Writer, Russia File blog, Kennan Institute
  • Chris Brown, CBC Foreign Correspondent. Based in Moscow for several years, now covering the war in Ukraine.


  • Julian Sher, award-winning Investigative Journalist and Author, former Senior Producer of CBC’s the fifth estate

Zoom link to event ryerson.zoom.us/j/91941276567

This is a free event and no registration is required.

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