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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Russia is #1 . . . not!

According to a survey by Reporters without Borders, there are only 21 countries in the world that have less press freedom than Russia. Zimbabwe has more, and so does Palestine under the PLO. Kazakhstan has much more. Apparently Finland, with the world's freest press, is not rubbing off on neighbor Russia. The report states: "Russia, which suffers from a basic lack of democracy, continues slowly but steadily dismantling the free media, with industrial groups close to Vladimir Putin buying up nearly all independent media outlets and with passage of a law discouraging NGO activity. Each year several journalists in Russia are murdered with complete impunity."

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