Russia just lately blocked entry to Meduza’s web site as Putin signed a regulation threatening journalists with as much as 15 years in jail for using words such as “war” and “invasion” to explain Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. The previous Soviet energy has additionally blocked Facebook and Twitter, making it much more troublesome for Russians to entry non-state-sponsored details about the battle.
However regardless of the Kremlin’s makes an attempt to censor Meduza, the information web site’s cellular app remains to be at the moment accessible in Russia.
“Russians have to have details about what their authorities is doing and in the mean time, they’ll’t do this if not for unbiased newsrooms comparable to Meduza,” mentioned Leon Fryszer, writer of the crowdfunded German information outlet Krautreporter, which helps Meduza with its marketing campaign.
For Fryszer, supporting the Latvia-based newsroom feels just like the least he can do to make sure the Russian folks, lots of whom are against Putin’s invasion and have publicly protested the war at nice threat to themselves, get hold of dependable info.
“I additionally care when it comes to ensuring there’s a path ahead for Russia and that there’s an opportunity that at some point democracy will see the sunshine of day once more,” he mentioned. “That’s fairly vital for us as Europeans.”
“I believe there must be a counterforce to what the Kremlin is doing now, and Meduza has a very good likelihood at being that,” Fryszer added.
HuffPost reporter Ryan Grenoble contributed reporting.