The Moscow prosecutor's office demanded that the court liquidate Journalists' and Media Workers' Union. This happened after the suspension of the organization's activity due to the dissemination of "false information about the special operation on the protection of the DPR and LPR." Vedomosti reported this.
The Moscow Prosecutor's Office asked the Moscow City Court to liquidate the Journalists' and Media Workers' Union Interregional Civic Organization. The reason for the department's appeal to the court is unknown. The lawsuit documents state that the trade union’s activities lead to "violation of human and civil rights and freedoms, harm to public order and public safety, society and the state."
The demand came to court immediately after the suspension of the union's activity on July 4 due to discrediting the army. According to the court, the organization published an article containing "false information about the special operation on the protection of the DPR and LPR." The exact publication is not specified.
The preliminary hearing on the claim of the prosecutor's office's is scheduled for July 13.
Journalists' and Media Workers' Union is an organization created by employees of independent Russian media in 2017. An attack on a bus with journalists on the border of Chechnya and Ingushetia in March 2016 was the reason for the trade union’s organization. Then unknown masked people beat the driver and passengers and burned all the equipment. Six journalists were injured, including two foreigners.
The organization helps journalists resolve conflict situations at work, provides consultations on labor legislation, coordinates the work of lawyers from friendly NPOs, holds actions and supports colleagues in trouble, and protects freedom of speech. In addition, the trade union deals with education issues and the analysis of the profession’s state.