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The Kremlin does not interfere with the editorial policy of private or state-owned media

Summary of Disinformation

The Kremlin doesn’t interfere with the editorial policy of private or state-owned media.

Disproof

The Kremlin exercises direct control over the dominant Russian media.

Independent Russian journalists have documented how the Kremlin controls domestic reporting of news, including weekly meetings with the Kremlin where chief editors receive these instructions.

Whistle-blowers have also described the daily work in a government-controlled media organisation; in some cases, even printed versions of the Kremlin’s instructions have surfaced.

Russia ranks 148th among 179 countries according to the World Press Freedom Index 2018. According to Reporters without Borders: "Between draconian laws and website blocking, the pressure on independent media has grown steadily since Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012. Leading independent news outlets have either been brought under control or throttled out of existence."

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Reported in: Issue 138
Date: 25.02.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Russia
Keywords: Censorship, Media
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputniknews.com
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