Free Media Awards 2011
Chernovik - Russia

The weekly newspaper Chernovik from Machatschkala in the Republic of Dagestan in North Caucasus writes, among other themes, about special assignments handled by the militia and the security forces, criticising their methods and examining questionable methods used to fight the war on terror.

The editorial board also writes critically and constructively about the authorities’ commercial transactions.

The newspaper has repeatedly been accused and received threats of closure due to alleged extremism and protest.


The weekly newspaper was nominated by the Norwegian Union of Journalists, Norwegian PEN, Human Rights House, Oslo, and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. The prize is EUR 20 000.