Nordic Freelance Journalists: Are dark days returning to Russia?


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BEYOND THE BORDERS, Majvik 15.06.2013. Kremlin is helping to make negative image about Russia. It is easy to do unbalanced stories. Russian definitions of such terms as law, success, and fairness are different from the Western ones. But it is still a normal country, which is very different from Scandinavian countries, but even so it´s way of living is much more like an Italian one. Foreigners are privileged compared with the Russian journalists. If you criticize - someone may just be irritated because the journalist picks up an issue. You never know how upset they might be. Often the pressure is not directed only towards the journalist, but towards the whole publication.

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  • Nordic Freelance Journalists: Are dark days returning to Russia?

    1. 1. Nordic Freelance JournalistsBEYOND THE BORDERSMajvik 15.06.2013DRAFTAre dark days returning to Russia?14.06.13
    2. 2. You should newer criticizeany country from abroadRussian definitions of such terms as law, success, and fairness are differentfrom the Western ones.But it is still a normal country, which is very different from Scandinaviancountries, but even so it´s way of living is much more like an Italian one.If you criticize someone in the (government), you never know how upset theymight be.Vladimir Milov: “The deficit of political representation is a serious problem: ifthe protest movement in 2011-2012 had managed to turn into a powerfulorganized political force aiming to take power at the next election, it wouldhave been more difficult to send investigators here and there. But, alas, it didnot happen.”“So is moving abroad the only solution?”14.06.13
    3. 3. Sergei Guriev @sguriev Morgan Stanley Professor of Economics and a Rector at the New Economic School (NES) inMoscow until he resigned 30 April 2013 and fled to France
    4. 4. Why the hysteria about Russia?And let me pick out three examples more: the Agent-Law, demonizing Russiaand mislead European audience.“Demonizing Russia doesn’t change the conditions there and only underminesour ability to see what we want and need”, says republican well knowncommentator Paul J. Saunders.“True Russia is not the media reality”, says Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman ofthe Russian Federal Agency for Relations with the CIS states.Agent-Act has victims that we never could imagine: Levada center has neverflattered the opposition or the government. It is an organization which has areputation of a truly independent analytical center. “Independencyand dedication to liberal values caused in the end the impact: governmentdemands that it should be flattered”, says sociologists Aleksei Kakarkin.14.06.13
    5. 5. Russia is… Primitive authoritariarism, as Russiawas defined by Grigori Javlinski on April29th 2013 in Hanasaari, Espoo. The report, which came out in spring,put Russia in the “non-free” group ofcountries, criticizing it forgovernmental control of maintelevision channels and recentdraconian regulations on NGOs andslander in the media. Journalists Must Maintain anIndependence From Those They Cover But a journalist must be smart enoughand honest enough to recognize thatopinion must be based on somethingmore substantial than personal beliefs ifit is to be of journalistic use.
    6. 6. Russians are scary(Dan Soder-Stand Up-01.07.13)
    7. 7. All you need is to look at the paidmurders or their attempts:The most dangerous job of all is that of a political observer.Paul Hlebnikov, Mihail Beketov, Oleg Kashin, Anna Politkovskaja and manyothers.Even after journalists are dead, the attacks on them continue. Shortly afterAnna Politkovskaya was assassinated in the elevator of her apartment building,Vladimir Putin, then president of Russia, called her an “insignificant” reporter.In reality, she was a courageous investigative reporter within Russia and ajournalist whose stories from Chechnya gained international recognition.Soon after the abduction and murder of award-winning journalist NataliaEstemirova, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said she was “a woman withno morality.”(By Svyatoslav Belyansky)14.06.13
    8. 8. There is no government censorship……but you never know. Lacking rule of law. (of awareness) (A)Government is not districting you. It is moving away. “What ever!” You haverelatively freedom. (A)Human rights issues don’t have resonance in the society. “Yeh, but what didyou expect?” It is not problem of the government; it is problem of the societywe are living. (A)And because journalists are not prosecuted they are seen as political. Message isthat it is not right to criticize. Who knows, what might happen. It effects howdo you live in Russia.(by Anna Arutunjan)14.06.13
    9. 9. The journalists’ rolein Russia is not homogenousThere are different roles in the country. The education of journalists hasincreased. In traditional journalist schools self comprehension is present. Newschools concentrate on technical skills.In Moscow there are tv journalists whose self comprehension is not so strong.They want journalists who do not question too much. (just as in entertainmentjournals in general).There is no unified journalist culture in Russia. Entertainment material is thesame as anywhere. It is easier for the politicians to define how they arepresented.(by Jukka Pietiläinen)14.06.13
    10. 10. Reporters Without Borders (Helsinki 6.6.2013)14.06.13
    11. 11. Foreigners are extremely privilegedThe Russian media spectrum is very large.Kremlin is helping to make negative image about Russia. It is easy to dounbalanced stories.Russia is a mixture, not 100% authoritarian. You can find information, but it isextremely difficult to verify.It is very difficult to get interviews from information source, if you are notfrom BBC or in the press conference.(“I wanted to write about the middle class, how people are working hard. ButRussia is so large with so many problems.”)(by Anna-Lena Laurén)14.06.13
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    13. 13. Useful to knowThat, some materials may be taken away from process or changed the way thatthey satisfy the part who pressures.That, telephones of political observers may be listened unofficially (without thecourt’s decision).That, officials may pay attention not only to printed media, but also the contentof blogs and other channels of social media.That, there is no other way of getting out of than free and fair elections.14.06.13
    14. 14. Nobody defends the rights ofjournalists……if a powerful figure wants to limit them. Not necessarily Kreml. Someonemay just be irritated because the journalist picks up an issue.In Russia it is more usual to produce material to Internet rather than preventingto publish something.Local authorities have tried to limit YouTube but failed.The use of Internet is controlled by a committee which decides what can bebanned. This is not directly connected with the freedom of speech (as inTurkey).
    15. 15. 14.06.13
    16. 16. Mihail Berg wrote in facebook: “Those who affirm that Hitler was a lot bigger crook than Stalin, and that it was possibleto fight for Stalin without conscience killing, even on the plains of Poland, Balticcountries, Western Ukraine and Belorussia, understand with consideration towards forPutin. There is nothing unusual about this: both Stalin and Putin support the idea ofRussia as a superpower. Those who think that Stalin was equally bad as Hitler, if notworse, hate Stalinism, USSR as a prison of peoples, totalitarism as a system, and do notlove Putin very much.” In a mathematical sense this comparison reminds a politically not so very correctanecdote of the Soviet times: an uninvited guest is even worse than a Tatar. And a sortof pro-Tatar version: an uninvited guest is better than a Tatar. But as a result Putin winsanyway. Because if Stalin – Hitler = Putin, then also Hitler – Stalin = Putin. This meansthat it does not matter whom are we talking about nowadays, Putin is always on ourmind.14.06.13
    17. 17. Juliana Skoybeda on the SMERSH, lampshades…Ульяна Скойбеда о СМЕРШЕ, абажурах и Гозмане
    18. 18. Marginality became a general line«Маргинальность стала генеральной линией»
    19. 19. Aleksei Navalnyi14.06.13
    20. 20. Anyone can be a journalist!Not everyone is…How many freelance or other colleagues in Nordic countries actually followRussia and make reports about it?What is the level of potential readers, listeners and viewers?What do people know about the common and separate history of Finland andRussia?14.06.13
    21. 21. @jarmokoponenThank you!14.06.13