PUBLIC TALK: The Russian Media Landscape, 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall
|The Russian Media Landscape, 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall
A public lecture with journalist Yevgenia Albats.
Join us for a special public lecture by Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, editor-in-chief of the Russian political weekly 'The New Times', who will discuss the changing landscape of the Russian media over last 30 years.
According to the Freedom House Report on Civil Liberties in Russia in 2019:
"Although the constitution provides for freedom of speech, vague laws on extremism grant the authorities great discretion to crack down on any speech, organization, or activity that lacks official support. The government controls, directly or through state-owned companies and friendly business magnates, all of the national television networks and many radio and print outlets, as well as most of the media advertising market. A handful of independent outlets still operate, most of them online and some headquartered abroad. Attacks, arrests, and threats against journalists are common." (2019, Freedom in the World 2019 | Russia Country Report: https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2019/russia )
A recent article in 'The Washington Post' notes "... 'The New Times' holds a special place in the very narrow world of Russian news media that do real journalism and not propaganda. The New Times looks critically at the Kremlin and its web of power... ".
2018, 8 November. An independent magazine is under threat in Russia. The Washington Post.
Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author and radio host. Since 2007 she has been the Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of 'The New Times', a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly. It went digital-only in June 2017, when its distribution and sales were severed by the Russian authorities. Since 2004, Albats has hosted 'Absolute Albats', a talk-show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the 'Chicago Tribune' in 1990, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993.
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