Magazine article Russian Life

Press Watch: Western Body Chronicles Difficult Media Situation

Magazine article Russian Life

Press Watch: Western Body Chronicles Difficult Media Situation

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At the end of March, the International Press Institute, based in Vienna, issued its annual report on press freedom around the world. Reporting on Russia, IPI said "The situation for the mass media in Russia continues to be difficult. In addition to the attacks on journalists, the media have engaged in a great deal of self-censorship, which was demonstrated by the coverage of the January social-benefit reform protests." While direct censorship of the media has largely disappeared, IPI noted, indirect censorship is a growing problem.

The report cited as worrisome: the media's gross under-coverage of nationwide pensioner protests; the Kremlin's warning of Kommersant for publishing an interview with Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov; attempts to silence non-official views, especially on Chechnya; criminal investigations were opened against journalists covering human rights abuses in that republic; fines and judgments against newspaper publishers and journalists; physical abuse and harassment of journalists. According to the IPI report, in 2005 two journalists were killed in Russia, "with work cited as the most likely cause of their death": Magomedzadig Varisov and Pavel Makeyev. …

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