July 20, 2022

Rain Reenters the Forecast


Rain Reenters the Forecast

Today, more than ever, the citizens of Russia should have access to independent information. And therefore it is especially important for us to return to the air. We, like tens of millions of Russians, want the war to end, and Russia to return to the path of development from catastrophe and destruction.

– Editor-in-chief Tikhon Dzyadko of Dozhd TV

On June 9, Dozhd TV successfully obtained a European broadcasting license from the National Electronic Media Council of Latvia, and was able to go on the air in Latvia, but not until July 18 were they able to return to broadcasting to a larger audience over YouTube, cable, and other social networks.

On March 1, only a few days after the start of Russia's Ukraine War, the Office of the Prosecutor General demanded that Dozhd TV stop broadcasting. The office claimed that Dozhd TV was making "systematic calls for extremist activity," along with its coverage of the invasion. Dozhd TV was not alone, many other news outlets fell victim to state censors after the start of the war, including Ekho Moskvy, InoSMI, Mediazona, The New Times, Svobodnaya Pressa, and Krym.Realii.

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