Russian media hailed, warned

  • 2003-01-23
  • Bernard Besserglik
MOSCOWRussian media celebrated their 300th anniversary this week only to receive a warning to be on their best behavior from a government that many believe is more interested curbing criticism in an election year than in press freedom. President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's journalists, noting that the first newspaper to be published in Russia appeared on January 13, 1703, and declaring that "no democratic state can exist without publicity and openness."The same day, the Kremlin's Press Minister Mikhail Lesin warned journalists "not to mix freedom with permissiveness." Russia has passed "...
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