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means to be shot or arrested on false charges. Jamey Gambrell in the New York Review of Books on Putin's latest assaults on press freedoms: One of the most recent victims of the Putin bureaucracy has been an NGO called … Read More

By / June 28, 2007

means to be shot or arrested on false charges. Jamey Gambrell in the New York Review of Books on Putin's latest assaults on press freedoms:

One of the most recent victims of the Putin bureaucracy has been an NGO called the Educated Media Foundation (EMF), formerly known as Internews Russia. Over the past decade, this nonprofit organization has trained more than 15,000 Russian broadcast journalists, mostly from the provinces, in the best practices of journalism. It has, for example, conducted seminars, workshops, and classes for news writers, editors, managers, advertising directors, and program producers that have helped them to establish independent television and radio stations. It has given awards for documentaries of high quality, and worked out arrangements for sharing originally produced material among regional radio and television stations, thus encouraging the regions to report on themselves while achieving financial independence. The only "ideological" aspect of their work has been to explain and encourage internationally recognized ethical standards for fair reporting.

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