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October 2015

30 October 2015

Pulitzer Prizes Open Three More Categories to Magazines

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced that online and print magazines will be eligible for consideration in three additional categories: International Reporting, Criticism and Editorial Cartooning, beginning with the 2016 prizes, which honor work published this year.

Traditionally limited to newspaper journalism, the prizes first expanded the Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing categories to include magazine entries last year. The announcement comes a day after board chair Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal, issued a call for wider participation in 2016 among U.S. news organizations large and small.

The move also recognizes the reshaped role of magazines in a changing media environment.

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29 October 2015

Russian TV-3 Channel Faces Fines for Overloud Commercials

Russia's TV-3 television channel is facing fines for airing loud commercials, in the government's first attempt to enforce restrictions on sound volume in broadcast advertising, a news report said. 

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28 October 2015

Smooth censorship in Russia

Everybody understands everything, everybody knows everything, and no one says anything aloud.

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27 October 2015

Russian media regulator restricts betting IP access

Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has begun blocking national IP access to a number of online betting and gaming websites.

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26 October 2015

Putin's New Censorship Rules Will Weaken Russian Science

In a surprising development this past week, Russia has notified all scientists at Moscow State University (MSU) that they must submit their research papers to the state security service before they will be permitted to publish them. Nature News reports that Russia is imposing this policy on universities and research institutes throughout the country.

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23 October 2015

Russian Media Executives Lambast Foreign Funding Bill as Repressive

Russian media representatives slammed as repressive and damaging a recently introduced bill that would oblige media to declare foreign funding at a session in the State Duma on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported.

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21 October 2015

Russian Web Pioneer Says Iran Blocks Telegram App After Seeking Spying Tools

A  renowned Russian Internet entrepreneur who created a mobile messaging app popular in Iran said Iranian authorities have blocked the app after his company refused their demands to help them “spy on their citizens.”

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20 October 2015

Foreign Investors Complain About Russia's Unpredictable Laws

Unpredictable lawmaking is undermining Russia's ability to attract foreign investors, the Foreign Investment Advisory Council (FIAC) — a group of the biggest foreign companies working in Russia — told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday.

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19 October 2015

Mobile Reaches 5% of Total Media Spending in Russia

The mobile internet ad market in Russia is growing quickly—2015 will be the final year of triple-digit growth, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast of ad spending around the world. But as a percentage of digital and total media ad spending, mobile is still small in Russia compared to many other worldwide markets.

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16 October 2015

Media houses leave Russia over new ownership law

A new law which will limit the foreign ownership of media in Russia to 20 per cent, is scheduled to come into effect from January 1, 2016, force on January 1, 2016, is forcing many international companies to leave Russia fearing loss of revenue.

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