Thursday, October 15th


Putin's crackdown on the press

Three distinguished Russian journalists discuss how the Kremlin turned the Russian media into propaganda organs.

Vladimir Putin has taken ever stricter control of the media since becoming president of Russia, discouraging critical reporting and forcing the press to promote his policies and personality.

Putin’s media crackdown ­and its consequences will be discussed by three distinguished Russian journalists from 12:45 to 2 p.m. on October 15 in the Library of North Gate Hall. The panel, which is sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism, will include:

  • Vladimir Borodin, the former editor of Izvestiya, the oldest newspaper in Russia. Borodin will explain how increasing pressure from the Kremlin forced him to resign his position and his unlikely journey to a new career as the co­owner of a chain of restaurants.

  • Vasily Gatov, a veteran journalist and former chief of digital innovation for RIA­Novostoi, the nation’s principal news agency. Gatov recently was named a Fellow of the the Center for communication Leadership & Policy at the University of Southern California.

  • Nataliya Rostova, a chronicler and critic of the Russian media who this year is a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Journalism. In addition to her work at a number of leading Russian media, she previously was awarded a Knight­Wallace fellowship at the University of Michigan and the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute in Washington DC.

Admission to the event is free.

Photo from the Kremlin website.


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