Council of Europe laments loss of international broadcasters' access to the Russian FM dial.

Posted: 03 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"In a meticulous, methodical and bluntly worded report on media freedom in Europe, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly expressed 'shock' at the increase in attacks on journalists and media over the last several years, highlighting Russia. ... [A] paragraph on Russia mentions RFE/RL’s loss of local affiliates as a result of political pressure from authorities. 'Many media and other international organizations that promote open exchanges of all kinds with Russia are shocked that contracts with international broadcasters, including the BBC and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, for re-broadcasting programmes from abroad via good-quality FM frequencies have been ended, depriving Russians of an established source of information and contact beyond Russia’s borders.' Another reference to RFE/RL is made in the section on 'murders, violence against journalists and the most serious violations,' noting a 2008 assault on Hrach Melkumyan, then the Armenian Service’s Yerevan bureau chief." Journalists in Trouble, RFE/RL, 29 January 2010. See also Council of Europe, 6 January 2010.