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Information Services at the Ren-TV and the Fifth television channels should be maintained

Statement of the YABLOKO party
October 23, 2009

The YABLOKO party expresses its concern with the information on liquidation of professional news services of the Ren-TV and the Fifth television channels. We consider maintenance of such services extremely important for the Russian society.

The prospects of liquidation of such services and their subordination to one of the state propaganda factories cause much concern especially in the situation of grave mass-scale election fraud on October 11. The Russian citizens were first deprived of elections and then there were announced plans to deprive them of the television news that could tell the truth about this and other events.

We assess such plans as an attempt to finally oust freedom of speech from the Russian television and introduce total censorship there.

Any references to business motives in elimination of the last independent television news services resemble the argumentation of the “dispute of the economic entities” covering the mopping up of the [independent] NTV channel in 2001.

The political viability of such a step from the point of view of “the party of power” is obvious: the gap between the official lies and normal news has become too large and too obvious. Leonid Brezhnev’s (Ed. leader of the USSR during stagnation period) model of elections is compatible only with Brezhnev’s television.

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO announces its support to professional journalists from the news services of the Ren-TV and the Fifth channels and calls all the decision-makers not to let objective news to disappear from the Russian broadcasting.

Sergei Mitorkhin,
Chairman of the YABLOKO party

See also:

Media Law in Russia

NTV Case

TV6 Case

Statement of the YABLOKO party
October 23, 2009