Wednesday 29 March 2017
“I’m opposed to censorship. Russian law forbids censorship. Those who call Roskomnadzor the main censor of the [the Russian-language Internet] don’t really understand what [censorship] is.”The head of Russia’s media watchdog claims his agency isn’t a censor and only blocks online content that violates criminal statutes. But Russia’s law on “extremism” places critics of the war in Ukraine and Islamic State supporters in the same basket and often indiscriminately targets content regardless of context. Roskomnadzor has blocked numerous sites and social media posts on subjects sensitive to the government.
"Ukraine is, probably, the most dangerous place in the world for journalists right now."Violence against journalists has dogged Ukraine ever since the fall of the Soviet Union. But bombastic Russian news anchor and media boss Dmitry Kiselyov is exaggerating when he calls Ukraine “probably the most dangerous place for journalists,” according to monitoring conducted by prominent media-rights watchdogs.
“Just two years ago there used to be no reaction whatsoever by the OSCE to similar cases [violence against and deaths of journalists in Ukraine critical of the current government]. We have been awaiting it, we have been insisting on it, we have been raising this issue to the organization.”
The spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry has accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) of repeatedly failing to react to violence against journalists in Ukraine, including Russian journalists and those critical of the government in Kyiv. According to the public record, this assertion is demonstrably false.
“If you analyze the critical statements made by the opposition in each [NATO] member country, you’ll see that a majority of people in Europe and the United States do not support the alliance’s aggressive policies.”A senior Russian lawmaker claims a "majority" of people in the West do not support "agressive" NATO policies. Viktor Komoyedov, Chairman of the Defense Committee in the Russian State Duma, did not elaborate in his August 24 comments. Polling data, however, shows attitudes toward the alliance remain largely favorable in its member states.