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Grigory Yavlinsky: federal mass media in Russia subject to political censorship

March 26, 2002

Pskov, March 25. “People who don’t enjoy freedom of information cannot create a compatible 21st century economy,” stated the leader of YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky in his comments on freedom of speech in Russia for journalists in Pskov.

According to Yavlinsky, the federal mass media in Russia are subject to political censorship. “Today the first and second federal [television] channels are propagandistic, and do not function any more as independent television and only broadcast what is allowed,” added Yavlinsky. According to Yavlinsky, television has “lists of forbidden topics and persona non-grata”.

Yavlinsky pointed out that the lack of freedom of speech is extremely dangerous for society, noting: “People are losing confidence in themselves and their hopes for the future. This is especially obvious in the manipulation of public opinion during election campaigns.”

Yavlinsky stressed: “People that are duped and manipulated cannot create a 21st century economy. – We will lose against the competition, not because we are not that clever, but simply because we failed to protect the rights that we were granted by our Constitution.”

Grigory Yavlinsky visited Pskov to support YABLOKO’s candidates running for the elections to the regional duma scheduled for March 31.

See also:

Freedom of Speech and Media Law in Russia

Rosbalt, March 26, 2002

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