October 30, 2003

Russian Court Rejects Media Law

I was not quite sure what exactly was a specific current media law, so I found this on a BBC News website and I thought it sounded pretty similar to what we are discussing in class.

Since I still do not understand how to make a link between words in my weblog, I have to just copy/paste it on here. If anyone knows how to do this, please send me a blog!

BBC NEWS WEBSITE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3227701.stm

A description of this article is that the Russian Constitutional Court has declared that media coverage of candidates running in the December parlimentary elections.

Part of the law will include journalists not allowed to express their comments and opinions on a running candidate. My opinion is that I agree with that, keep your comments to yourself when discussing about elections, I know its freedom of speech, but go in to the building, vote privately, and keep your comments to yourself or your family until the election is over with. That is always how I have been brought up in my family.

This article also mentions about a new word to add to everyone's journalistic vocabulary: electioneering-taking positions on candidates and parties, or reporting on their policies.

The court ruled though that this freedom of speech, even if the comments are positive or negative, its unlawful.

There was a quote in the article which stated, "This is a huge victory for common sense. I am delighted with the ruling, delighted with its precision and resolve."

Mikhail Fedotov
Russian journalist

*I don't understand why "common sense" is redundant throughout the article?

Overall this article is pretty intresting... please read it! Have a good weekend!

Posted by Stefanie Robb at October 30, 2003 10:07 PM
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