The battle to defend free speech in “Putin vs. The Press” on FRONTLINE – September 26 at 10 pm

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Tuesday, September 26 at 10 pm


Since the start of the Ukraine war, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government have carried out an intense crackdown on the press — banning more than 300 Russian journalists and branding them “foreign agents,” and threatening anyone who calls the Ukraine conflict an invasion or act of war with up to 15 years in prison.

Logo for the PBS program FrontlineNow, a new FRONTLINE documentary, “Putin vs. the Press,” tells the story of one journalist and his battle to defend free speech in Putin’s Russia: Nobel prize-winner Dmitry Muratov, branded on Sept. 1 as a “foreign agent” by the Kremlin. In light of this development, the film will have a special premiere Sept. 12 on streaming platforms before its broadcast. With unique access, the film follows Muratov as he fights to keep his newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, alive and his reporters safe amid the government’s crackdown.

This film will have a special early streaming premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. Stream this film on the PBS App, the FRONTLINE website and YouTube.