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Statement of Chairman of the Russian Democratic Party "YABLOKO" Grigory Yavlinsky on the situation around TV6

January 11, 2002

Today's decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the RF to liquidate the TV6 television company confirms the worst apprehensions on the prospects of independent media in Russia. This decision can be put at the same level as last year's destruction of NTV and the recent verdict on Grigory Pasko.

The legislation in our country and the judicial system are structured so that the rights of economic entities always gain precedence over the rights of creative collectives at television and the interests of millions of television viewers. Complete negligence by the courts of the citizens' rights to freely receive and disseminate information envisaged by Article 29 of the Constitution has become normal practice. There is no doubt that the liquidation of TV6 will lead to a chain reaction of persecution of independent mass media in the regions.

The Russian Democratic Party "YABLOKO" continues its political campaign in support of free media and independent journalists. The campaign will include the submission to the State Duma of legislative initiatives aimed at creating legal guarantees on the freedom of the mass media, as well as political actions in many Russian regions.

Chairman of the Russian Democratic Party "YABLOKO" Grigory Yavlinsky

January 11, 2002

See also:
TV6 case

January 11, 2002