Russian Government Uses Ownership, Intimidation to Encroach on Media Freedom

By Richard Weitz, on , Briefing

From May 28 through June 1, the International Federation of Journalists held its 26th World Congress in Moscow. The hundreds of media representatives present chose the Russian capital as their venue for the prestigious triennial event in part to draw international attention to the Russian government's encroachment against media freedoms.

In March 2007, the U.S. State Department published its 2006 Reports on Human Rights Practices, which reviews civil rights practices in foreign countries. The report on Russia, whose dismal findings were echoed the following month in a separate State Department assessment on global media freedoms, warned that the Russian government continues to reduce media freedoms through a variety of direct and indirect measures. ...

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