RSF_en Organisation The repression is now in full swing using both judicial and extra-judicial means. The aim of the authorities is to stigmatize and marginalize dissidents and to contaminate the arena of debate. It is a “hybrid” war, like all the wars waged by the men of the KGB. Roskomnadzor wanted us to remove the Pussy Riot icon, a report about a protest initiative in Siberia, or even the photo of a Charlie Hebdo cover, from our website. Authorities finally blocked the entire site and hundreds of our mirror sites. Help by sharing this information News My name is Yulia Berezovskaia and I am a Russian journalist. I am going to tell you how the end of media freedom came about in my country and why I was forced to exile in France. In my case, the end of media freedom in Russia began with an army of trolls who invaded our website, Grani.ru. Then the abuses became less virtual. Our reporters were systematically arrested and harassed by the police during demonstrations. Then it was the turn of our worst enemies, the grotesque but powerful officials of Roskomnadzor, the media control agency. Its work, paid for by our taxes, is to prevent Russians from freely reading what they want. We see our colleagues submitting to censorship and self-censorship. For example, even the boldest no longer dare to post the title of a banned poem in support of Ukraine or mention the “Putin, Butcher of Beslan” slogan used by the mothers of children massacred in 2004. The word “annexation” in reference to Crimea is also banned. Some colleagues even remove our video of an anti-war demonstration from their page along with their links to our site. May 2, 2017 – Updated on May 3, 2017 Yulia Berezovskaia, journalist and #SpoilerForFreedom In Russia, freedoms have been suppressed in the name of combatting terrorism and “extremism”, which has become synonymous with any dissidence. The pillars of the western world are now proving too fragile in the face of this toxic and effective “Putinian” rhetoric. The worldwide offensive against democracy is turning us all into activists, whether we like it or not. Freedom of expression is at the heart of this battle.
However, Griffin – speaking postgame – in a roundabout way intimated Paul was sorely missed when asked about the team’s lack of offensive and defensive execution. Keep in mind Paul – besides a career assist average of 9.9 – is a terrific defender. “I thought in the third quarter we were just bland and didn’t get good shots,” Griffin said. “Defensively, we gave up some easy buckets, especially down the stretch in the third and late in the fourth.“We were just a little bit sloppy, but we fought back in it and the big thing is that we can’t put ourselves in that position, so I think we’ll be better for the next game.”That would be Monday night against Memphis at Staples Center, although Paul is listed as doubtful. Pablo Prigioni backed up Rivers and went 0 for 5 from the field with two assists.Rockets guard James Harden led everyone with 46 points. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers (4-2) have lost two consecutive games.Should have been goaltendingThe Clippers claimed Rockets center Dwight Howard should have been called for goaltending on a shot by Griffin with 18.8 seconds left that would have tied the game. The NBA – in its L2m (Last 2 Minutes) report – agreed, writing in part, “Howard (HOU) makes contact with the ball while part of it is still in the cylinder above the basket ring.”A non-call on goaltending cannot be reviewed.Scouting the GrizzliesMemphis started 2-1, but comes in having lost three of its past four. One of those setbacks was by 50 points (119-69) at Golden State on Nov. 2. Two days later, the Clippers went to Golden State and lost by just four (112-108).The Clippers’ Twitter account put out the final score, with the hashtag, “#didntloseby50.”That brought a roar from Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee.“It’s childish,” he told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “We took our ‘L’ and we kept it moving, right? We lost by 50. We didn’t cry over it, and went on to the next one. Apparently, they’re holding on to it. That’s what they got to do to overshadow their loss.“Last time I heard, a loss is a loss. But that’s what they do over there.” Clippers guard Austin Rivers is a solid reserve with plenty of heart. But he’s no Chris Paul, so it wasn’t all that surprising that the Clippers were defeated 109-105 by the Houston Rockets on Saturday at Staples Center.Rivers started in place of Paul, who sat out with a groin strain. Rivers scored 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting – 1 of 5 from 3-point range – in 31 minutes. He only had one turnover, but he also only had one assist.Under the circumstances, teammate Blake Griffin thought Rivers did just fine.“We had some scoreless possessions that piled up late in the game which really cost us,” Griffin said. “Chris is very good at managing games and knowing the right plays to call. I think Austin did a good job tonight running the offense for us. So we obviously missed Chris, but I think we did a pretty good job of stepping up in his absence.”