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moscow court revokes Novaya Gazeta's mass media registration

05.09.2022, 15:29

Following the lawsuit filed by Roskomnadzor, Basmanny Court of moscow revoked the mass media registration of Novaya Gazeta's printed version. The court made such a decision on September 5, according to russian Interfax.

Judge Olga Lipkina announced the decision to "recognize the registration of the media outlet as invalid."

Roskomnadzor was the administrative plaintiff in the case, and Nova Gazeta Publishing House CJSC was the defendant. Roskomnadzor appealed to the court with the demand to declare the registration of the printed "Novaya Gazeta" invalid due to the media outlet's failure to submit the editorial office's policy within the deadlines set by the media law, despite earlier warnings.

The representative of "Novaya Gazeta" pleaded with the court to reject the regulator's demands. The representative noted that what the department considered a violation is a media outlet registered in 2002 not submitting their policy after the change of founders in 2006.

According to the defendant, the change of the founder does not mean that the newspaper started working as a new media outlet, which is why the policy submission was not mandatory, and Roskomnadzor's requirements are unjustified.

On September 6, the Basmanny Court will consider Roskomnadzor's claim to revoke the registration of the magazine "Novaya Rasskaz-Gazeta" – a supplement of "Novaya Gazeta." On September 15, the Supreme Court of the russian federation will resolve the issue of the termination of the "Novaya Gazeta" website – Roskomnadzor has also appealed to the court with a corresponding lawsuit.

As IMI reported, on March 28, 2022, "Novaya Gazeta" announced they were suspending the work of their website, social media, and in print until the end of the "special operation in Ukraine." The decision was made after they received the second warning from Roskomnadzor about the alleged lack of "foreign agent" marking.

On April 7, the journalists who had left russia announced the launch of a new media outlet, "Novaya Gazeta. Europe." Kirill Martinov became its editor-in-chief.

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