Monday, December 09, 2013

Russian President Putin Squeezes the Media

(Moscow, Russia)
The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country’s major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets.

News agency RIA Novosti and the state-owned Voice of Russia radio will be scrapped and absorbed into a new media conglomerate called Rossiya Segodnya, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin.

The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.
Apparently, the shutdown of RIA Novosti, which 'must be carried out by the government within three months,' came as a surprise to the workers.

1 comment:

Doom said...

Hey, I love the last part. The media is always surprised when the dictator they support demands more and heads roll. Especially when they thought they were already turning all the tricks he demanded.

Our media got a taste of it, being investigated, having materials confiscated, being tapped... and they didn't even really blink. Back to sunshine and tulips for the black king in moments.


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