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With banners held high

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the defeat of the great miners’ strike. The weekend marked the 131st Durham Miners’ Gala attended by over 150,000 people. The night before the main event on Saturday 11 July, saw a meeting held at the Miners’ HQ in Red Hill, Durham to discuss the latest developments in the campaign to get justice for the Orgreave miners and supporters, organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.

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Russian authorities evict independent TV station

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) today (8 December) have condemned the Russian authorities for forcing the independent TV channel, TV Dozhd, (TV Rain) out from its premises in Moscow. According to the EFJ affiliate, RUJ, this is the second time in a few months that TV Dozhd has been evicted from its premises, due to its critical reporting on the authorities and political figures. Continue reading Russian authorities evict independent TV station

Moscow revisited

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) annual meeting was held in Moscow last week and it was my first visit to Russia since the dramatic and turbulent days of Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s. Then one Rouble was worth one Pound Sterling. Now 100 Roubles are worth £1.40! That’s not all that has changed of course, but that’s another story!

We were the guests of the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) who are facing increasing opposition from the Russian government for their brave stand in defence of ethical, honest and independent journalism. It has cost many journalists their lives, 56 since 1992 and their pictures hang as a grim reminder in the main hall of the union’s headquarters, situated in Nikita Boulevard, only a few minutes drive from the Kremlin and ‘Red’ (Beautiful) Square. Continue reading Moscow revisited