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Russian media outlets are boycotting the State Duma after its Ethics Committee excused a deputy accused of serial sexual harassment

Источник: Meduza
Despite evidence and testimony from two journalists that deputy Leonid Slutsky sexually harassed them, the State Duma’s Ethics Committee <a href="https://meduza.io/en/feature/2018/03/22/the-duma-isn-t-safe-for-women-reporters" target="_blank">ruled</a> abruptly on Wednesday that it sees “no violations of behavioral norms” in his actions. In response, a series of Russian news outlets have started recalling their correspondents from the parliament, announcing that the committee’s decision means their reporters are no longer safe there. In response, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that all media outlets supporting the correspondent ban will promptly lose their parliamentary accreditation. Meduza supports this campaign and is calling for deputy Slutsky’s <a href="https://meduza.io/en/feature/2018/03/07/leonid-slutsky-must-resign-from-the-state-duma" target="_blank">immediate resignation</a>.
Despite evidence and testimony from two journalists that deputy Leonid Slutsky sexually harassed them, the State Duma’s Ethics Committee ruled abruptly on Wednesday that it sees “no violations of behavioral norms” in his actions. In response, a series of Russian news outlets have started recalling their correspondents from the parliament, announcing that the committee’s decision means their reporters are no longer safe there. In response, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that all media outlets supporting the correspondent ban will promptly lose their parliamentary accreditation. Meduza supports this campaign and is calling for deputy Slutsky’s immediate resignation.

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