: Enemies of Press Freedom: Putin makes it onto the list alongside Erdogan and Islamic State

17:57 Nov. 2, 2016

Enemies of Press Freedom: Putin makes it onto the list alongside Erdogan and Islamic State

Colleagues of jailed journalist Roman Sushchenko wear masks depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest in front of the Russian Embassy demanding his release in Kiev, Ukraine, Nov. 2, 2016 (AP)

Reporters Without Borders publish updated list of "predators"

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the leader of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov made it to the new list of "press freedom predators" compiled by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The list was published on November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

In total, the updated list includes the names of 35 politicians, state officials, and criminal organizations.

Except for Kadyrov, the list includes many of Putin's allies such as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev, and  the president of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

Longtime Cuban leader Raul Castro, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping are also among enemies of press freedom.

"The numerous new names show that strongmen and extremists of all kinds are still confident they can get away with oppressing free press," RSF spokesman Michael Rediske said. "Some rulers have been prosecuting, torturing or killing critical journalists with impunity for decades."

Read the full list here

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