The Moscow Times reports:
On the fifth anniversary of Gazprom's takeover of NTV television, some 1,500 protesters and several prominent former NTV journalists rallied Sunday on Pushkin Square to demand greater media freedom and a television free of Kremlin control.
The protesters -- many of them pensioners who pledged to listen only to independent Ekho Moskvy radio -- gathered at 1 p.m., waving Russian flags, wearing "I'm free" pins, and holding posters reading, "Kremlin, get away from TV," or "Take the remote control away from Putin."
Many also wore T-shirts and pins calling for the release of jailed Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky and chanted "Censorship today, dictatorship tomorrow." Behind a Channel One cameraman, protesters held a poster reading, "Channel One, stop lying."