Conglomeration could harness broadcast freedom

  • 2005-09-21
  • By Liivi Sandy
TALLINN - For years, local TV channels have kept Estonia's broadcasting freedom in check. Recently, however, there has been discussion to merge TV networks, which could limit the media's current independence. Before 1991, every program aired in Estonia had to be approved beforehand, adhering to regulations set by the Russian government. Despite this, the boundaries of freedom were still tested - especially in entertainment programs. In the Soviet 1960s, the public became accustomed to reading between the lines of censored broadcasts. "The Estonian Television is national television, it has ...
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