Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov (centre) taking part in the “For Our and Your Children” rally in Moscow on October 28th. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

International rights groups are piling pressure on Russia to release a 77-year-old human rights activist sentenced to 25 days in jail for breaking the(...)

Journalists of the leftist newspaper Nepszabadsag, which was unexpectedly shut down on Saturday, paste a copy of the last issue on to the wall of a temporary newsroom in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

The European Union and media freedom groups have expressed concern over the closure of Hungary’s main opposition newspaper, which critics of prime min(...)

The mother of a killed Ukrainian journalist (unidentified) holds a candle and a sign reading ‘’Impunity kills’ during a memorial rally to mark the 13th anniversary of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze’s murder at the Independence square in Kiev on September 16, 2013

It’s a dangerous time for journalists, according to Dunja Mijatovic, the outgoing representative on freedom of the media at the Organisation for Secur(...)

Under a law introduced by Vladimir Putin’s government last year, NGOs in Russia which receive funding from abroad are obliged to register as “foreign agents” – a term which for many Russians suggests espionage.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Europe’s main democracy watchdog has called on Russia to end a wave of raids on non-governmental groups and urged it to find the people (...)