The Listening Post

‘Foreign agents and extremists’: Russia’s attack on critics

Critical journalists and dissidents in Russia face the latest threat to their survival. Plus, find out why young Turks are turning to YouTube to get their news.

In Russia, the political stakes are rising in the run up to election season – journalists are being branded as “foreign agents” and an opposition figure is labelled an “extremist”.


Ilya Yablokov – Academic, Leeds University

Lisa Alexandrova-Zorina – Journalist, Team 29

Ivan Kolpakov – Editor-in-chief, Meduza

Uliana Pavlova – Journalist, Moscow Times

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The Turks turning to YouTube

Independent journalists in Turkey, like Cüneyt Özdemir, are taking refuge online. Özdemir’s daily YouTube program has become a staple for Turks, especially among younger viewers looking for journalism of a different kind.


Cüneyt Özdemir – Creator and host, Cüneyt Özdemir Show

Cansu Çamlibel – Editor-in-chief, Duvar English

Emre Kizilkaya – Turkish vice chair, International Press Institute; author, The New Mainstream Media is Rising