Thursday, March 15, 2007
THIS JUST IN FROM DRUDGE:
"Putin media decree arouses press freedom worries
Thu Mar 15 2007 11:37:07 ET
President Vladimir Putin has decreed the creation of a new super-agency to regulate media and the Internet, sparking fears among Russian journalists of a bid to extend tight publishing controls to the relatively free Web.
Putin signed a decree to create one entity that will license broadcasters, newspapers and Web sites and oversee their editorial content.
Raf Shakirov, who was dismissed as editor of the Izvestiya daily after critical coverage of the 2004 Beslan school siege, tells REUTERS how Putin's decree could extend Soviet-style controls to Russia's online media, which have been relatively free to date.
"This is an attempt to put everything under control, not only electronic media, but also personal data about people such as bloggers," he said."
there is something about this man i've never trusted, be it the close set eyes, or lack of any sort of emotion - he's not right. and just what is he so paranoid about that he'd pick on lil' old bloggers?