EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

TV Correspondents Were No Longer Journalists, But Bureaucrats Serving State

Posted by Info on 26/11/2010

One of Russia’s most respected journalists, Leonid Parfyonov, has attacked the state of television news in his country.
He said that what news bulletins on Russian TV were broadcasting today was not news – it was PR for the authorities.

“The correspondent is… not a journalist but a bureaucrat, following the service and logic of obedience.”
He pointed to the absence of critical, sceptical or ironic commentary on TV about the prime minister or president.

Mr Parfyonov said TV news bulletins had become reminiscent of Soviet times – when instead of proper news reports, there was footage of the country’s leaders meeting ministers, governors and foreign leaders.

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