"Winter Chill" for Russian Media

Friday, February 07, 2014


As the global spotlight fixes on Sochi this weekend, the Russian government is crushing dissent...and there’s a lot of it. As the Committee to Protect Journalists notes in a new report, people there have suffered long-lasting power outages, environmental damage, evictions, corruption, and widespread violation of labor laws. But local news organizations are silent on these issues, instead functioning as public relations agencies for the government. Brooke talks with Nina Ognianova about the stories that aren't being told in the Russian media. 


Nina Ognianova

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Comments [4]

Francisco from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Whilst the article was interesting I have to complain about the way it was presented. Why on Earth was there background music during the intro? I had to listen to the start 3 times to get to work out what the presenter said.

I don't need background music to underscore how important the information is. If I wanted background music I'd watch a film, I expect speech radio to only use music when relevant (e.g. if the discussion is about a particular artist or composer).

Feb. 11 2014 02:36 PM
Robert from NH

Interesting how we focus on the Russian media chill. I was at the skating nationals in Boston last month. A 17 year old from California came in 3rd for the women and Ashley Wagner came in 4th. Ashley, instead, was sent to the Olympics. This was a controversial decision and, as I understand it, a top-three has never been bumped other than for reasons of health or injury. I was wondering how this controversy would be handled.

Here's how the commentator handled the controversy (and I paraphrase as closely as I can): "Ashely was among the top five competitors; that's how she made it here today!")

Speaking of avoiding controversy: how come the the rankings of individual judges and their nationalities are no longer reported in any of the sports???

Feb. 09 2014 08:53 PM
Regis Doucette from New Jersey

No one is commenting that our flag has been VIOLATED by our own organizers so this Olympic team is NOT representing the USA but some current corporation being self-enriched. Our flag does not have 13 stars and 13 stripes. This denies America a national team.

Feb. 09 2014 10:12 AM
Fred Milton Olsen from Wisconsin

One reason I listen to OTM every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. is that no matter the abuse of the press or public, and no matter where in America or even halfway around the world in Sochi that it's happening, I can find the same things happening in Wisconsin. Certainly things are far more genteel and if possible, hidden here.... helped along by a compliant and even complicit media.

I never feel left out or that I'm not where the action is. It's a 1984-themed thrill-ride that never lets up!

Feb. 09 2014 07:23 AM

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