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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re hearing how a court in Moscow has stripped one of Russia’s last independent media outlets of its licence in what the UN has branded ‘another blow’ to press freedom in the country.

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Editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov at Le Temps and Geneva Solutions’ offices in Geneva, 2 May 2022. (Credit: Davide Wagnières/Le Temps)

Russia cracks down on independent newspaper. A court in Moscow stripped news outlet Novaya Gazeta of its print media licence on Monday, effectively banning one of the country’s last independent media outlets from operating. The ruling comes less than a year after the publication’s editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to support journalistic freedoms in Russia. The United Nations called the judgement against Novaya Gazeta “yet another blow to the independence of Russian media” in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

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