How Governments Bully Newspapers
by Barbara Frye
22 Apr 09 | CSM
Support for independent world press is going to have to become an exercise in philanthropy.
It was a distressing, but hardly surprising, phone call. On the line was a regular contributor to Transitions Online (the magazine I edit for). Still in shock, she was calling to tell me that she had just been put on one month’s unpaid leave from her newspaper in Russia.
She was the only reporter left on staff.
By now, stories of dying newspapers have become familiar to readers in the United States. But whereas in the West the phenomenon is largely a result of declining circulation and competition from online publications, in Russia and elsewhere it has been helped along mightily by governments. >>>