Reporters Without Borders launches operation on the day of the assassination of Politkovskaïa and birthday of Vladimir Putin
Posted on 2021 Oct,11

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7th October 2021 marked the 15th anniversary of the journalist Anna Politkovskaïa assassination and the 69th birthday of the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s.

If it’s possible to ask oneself about the strange coincidence between these two dates, what is sure is that Anna’s fight still continues: the free press has never been so attacked in Russia that in the past few months since the end of the USSR.

So this year, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF)--Reporters Without Borders (RWB) --asked the international community not to wish Mr Putin a happy birthday, but rather an #UnhappyBirthdayMrPutin.

This 7th October, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launched a great operation in the press and on social media to commemorate Anna’s memory, to demand that all light is shed on her assassination as the prescription time is coming on the 7th of October, that the commendatory are found and that pressure is put on the Russian president so that abuses and threats against journalists in Russia cease. 

RSF’s actions were launched in front of Russians embassies in Paris, London, Berlin and in front of Novaïa Gazeta in Moscow where 1000 black balloons, written on them #UnhappyBirthdayMrPutin, were released .

It is worth mentioning that Russia is 150th out of 180 countries on RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index.




Campaign: #UnhappyBirthdayMrPutin
Advertiser: Reporters Without Borders
Brand Managers: Christophe Deloire, Isabelle Rahe, Robin Grassi, Chloe Legoff
Ad Agency: BETC
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