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How Dmitry Muratov Faced Off With Vladimir Putin in the Past | Putin vs. the Press

12 Sep 2023
In September, the Russian government labeled Nobel prize-winning Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov a "foreign agent." As this excerpt from the documentary "Putin vs. the Press" shows, Muratov had in the past publicly confronted Putin about his crackdown on the press.

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Stream “Putin vs. the Press” in full starting Tues., Sept. 12, at 7/6c. The documentary tells the story of one journalist’s battle to defend free speech in Putin’s Russia. With unique access, the film follows Nobel Peace Prize-winner Dmitry Muratov as he fights to keep his newspaper alive and his reporters safe amid a government crackdown.

As this excerpt shows, less than two years before he was branded a “foreign agent” himself, Muratov confronted Putin publicly about the Kremlin’s treatment of independent media and the government’s process for labeling journalists “foreign agents.”

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“Putin vs. the Press” is an Oxford Films Production for GBH/FRONTLINE and Channel 4. The director is Patrick Forbes. The producers are Yelena Durden-Smith and Vanessa Tuson. The senior producer is Dan Edge. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.

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