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Friday, February 25, 2005

Russia: how to enter into the Kremlin press pool

Interesting article of the Washington Post on the Kremlin press pool: "While Putin travels around with a contingent of reporters just as Bush does, the Kremlin press pool is a handpicked group of reporters, most of whom work for the state and the rest selected for their fidelity to the Kremlin's rules of the game. Helpful questions are often planted. Unwelcome questions are not allowed. And anyone who gets out of line can get out of the pool. The Kremlin press pool is like so many institutions in Russia that have the trappings of a Western-style pluralistic society but operate under a different set of understandings, part of what analyst Lilia Shevtsova of the Carnegie Moscow Center calls "the illusion of democracy."

Source: Washington Post

Posted by Bertrand Pecquerie on February 25, 2005 at 05:15 PM | Permalink

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