Stephen Ennis

is Russian media analyst for BBC Monitoring.,

Blog posts in total 23

Posts

  1. Independent Russian media are subject to increasing restrictions. Here's how one TV station warns about a ban on pay TV taking ads

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  2. Russian news bulletins have enjoyed a boost to ratings since the Ukraine conflict began. A former Kremlin spin doctor warns of "ultra-propaganda" in television coverage of the conflict, and that the needs of TV are even influencing government policy.

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  3. Several prominent Russian journalists have emigrated, complaining about restrictions on media freedom in Russia  

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  4. A new Russian law which stops pay TV channels from carrying ads is widely seen as an attempt to curtail media freedom by undermining smaller players.

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  5. For the first time, death threats against journalists and media organisations have been uttered with apparent impunity on Russian television.

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  6. Reporters are playing a central role in the Russia/Ukraine conflict, according to Mark Franchetti, who found himself part of the media battle after appearing on TV in Ukraine. 

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  7. On 28 April, media around the world carried reports about an attack by pro-Russian militants in the eastern city of Donetsk on a Ukraine unity demonstration.

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  8. Dmitriy Kiselev, star presenter on official Russian TV channel Rossiya 1, boasted that Russia was the only country genuinely capable of turning the USA into radioactive ash.

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  9. Comparisons between Russian skaters’ gold-winning triumph and Hitler’s Nazi Olympics could spell trouble for independent Ekho Moskvy radio.

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  10. The Winter Olympics in Sochi is not only a challenge for Russia's government and athletes, but also for its main state broadcaster VGTRK, one of whose tasks appears to be to present the event as a personal triumph for President Vladimir Putin.

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