Can Meduza survive the “Foreign Agent” Status?Kursnummer: 19621on
Conversation with Galina Timchenko, founder and CEO of Meduza, Russia’s most influential independent media outlet,
When: Wednesday, 26 May 2021, 9:00-10:00 CET, 10:00-11:00 Moscow time
Where: Concordia Cloud
Registration is mandatory. Zoom link will be sent one day before the event. Registration deadline: Tuesday, 25 May 2021, noon.
Galina Timchenko, Russian journalist, CEO and founder of Meduza. The Latvia-based news outlet was founded in 2014. Prior to establishing Maduza, Timchenko was editor-in-chief of Lenta.ru, one of the most influential Moscow-based online media outlets in Russia. In 2014 she had to resign: Lenta.ru owner was dissatisfied with news coverage of Ukraine. Most journalists resigned from Lenta.ru, in solidarity with Timchenko, and joined her in Riga, when she founded Meduza.
Brief moderated conversation with Galina Timchenko followed by a live Q&A.
What is Meduza?
Meduza is a Russian socio-political media based in Latvia. The audience consists of more than 11 million unique users per month. We highlight significant social, political, cultural and sport events. Our media is present on various platforms. We produce texts, games, podcasts, and videos. We are among the top three most cited media in Russia (Medialogia data – mlg.ru) The main source of revenue is advertising. (Source: Galina Timchenko)
Meduza, a foreign agent.
“On Friday, April 23, the Russian Justice Ministry added Meduza to its list of “foreign agent” media outlets. Glance at the Russian-language side of our operation and the reverberations of this police action are unmistakable: Russian law requires us to notify readers about our new status in every message, whether it is a news report or a post on social media. Crippling us further, these notifications must appear in a font that is twice the size of our actual content. That is the law.
If we refuse to label our materials like this (exactly as specified), the authorities can impose fines on Meduza, press felony charges against Meduza’s editor-in-chief, and even block our content in Russia.” (Source: Meduza)
Concept and Moderation
Mirjana Tomic, Presseclub Concordia/fjum
Journalists, analysts, and academics. Maximum number of participants: 100.
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