[main page][map of the server][news of the server][forums][guestbook][press-service][hot issues]

In defence of the MK newspaper. YABLOKO's view

Press Release

March 20, 2013

The YABLOKO party believes that the stance of the State Duma deputies in their conflict with the MK newspaper violates the Russian law envisaging that it is the court which takes decisions on all the disputes relating to publications in the mass media.

The MPs actions not only contravene the procedures established by law, but are also in conflict with ethical and moral norms governing public life.

When a parliament of a huge country sets aside all the important issues and adopts a special statement in respect of one particular newspaper devoting a lot of time paid by the taxpayers to a discussion of an article published in a newspaper, this demonstrates, above all, the failure and inefficiency of such a parliament.

The MPs demands to [Pavel Gusev], Editor-in-Chief of the MK to leave his post of Chairman of the Moscow Journalists Union represents an attempt to interfere into the spheres of public life that are completely beyond control of the legislative authority and are governed by internal corporate standards of professional communities.

The MPS idea to "take away" MK from Pavel Gusev [who is also the owner of the paper] is a direct attack on the principle of the inviolability of private property. Proposing such solutions to disputes with the media MPs undermine the legal foundations of the state, which again demonstrates their great incompetence and catastrophic failure as the legislators.

YABLOKO also believes that the deputy of the State Duma Andrei Isayev should bring his apology to the MK newspaper and journalists, whom he threatened in Twitter in violation of Article 144 of the Criminal Code on inadmissibility of pressure on journalists.

Sergei Mitrokhin,

Grigory Yavlinsky


See also:

Freedom of Speech

Human Rights




Press Release

March 20, 2013

Rambler's Top100