Journalists and news organizations have been debating whether requests to remove records of resolved crimes from their archives.

Should past crimes be remembered or forgotten entirely? Why are newsrooms not displaying that a crime they wrote about was forgiven? Should readers be aware that the archive of websites can be edited?

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Amnesty International has outlined reforms for laws in Russia that jeopardize the human rights of citizens. These laws include criminalizing protest and activism, and decriminalizing domestic abuse and hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community.

The censorship of speech and media against the government has been ongoing and increasingly dangerous for activists that risk their lives to spread information. The involvement of an international organization could lead to less harsh regulations, or backfire resulting in stronger efforts to silence the public.

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