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Russian mass media is free

Summary of Disinformation

Our mass media is free (in Russia). People are free to speak out and make a name for themselves as representatives of many political movements do.

Disproof

The Freedom House 2018 Freedom in the World report rates Russia “Not Free,” based on Russia’s score on the “Freedom rating” – 6.5; For “Political rights” – 7; And for “Civil liberties” – 6 on a scale of “1=Most Free; 7=Least Free.

“Power in Russia’s authoritarian political system is concentrated in the hands of President Vladimir Putin. With loyalist security forces, a subservient judiciary, a controlled media environment, and a legislature consisting of a ruling party and pliable opposition groups, the Kremlin is able to manipulate elections and inhibit genuine opposition. The country’s rampant corruption is one notable threat to state power, as it facilitates shifting links among bureaucrats and organized crime groups,” Freedom House said.

There are twenty-two major national TV channels in Russia, and the federal government owns twenty of them either directly or via proxy firms such as Gazprom, a gas giant with state-controlled majority shares.

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Reported in: Issue 111
Date: 04.06.2018
Language: Russian
Country: Russia
Keywords: Freedom of speech, Media, Vladimir Putin
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: kremlin.ru
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