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April 2015

30 April 2015

New Russian media ownership law: How will changes affect foreign players?

Last year, the Russian president signed a law restricting the share of foreign ownership in any Russian media to 20 percent. Under the new law, media owners have until Feb. 1, 2017 to comply with the new requirements by making the necessary structural changes. RBTH looks at how the law will affect players on the media scene and what options are open.

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28 April 2015

Russia's Rostelecom considers buying CTC Media-paper

(Reuters) - Russian state-controlled telecoms operator Rostelecom is considering buying broadcaster CTC Media, business daily Vedomosti reported on Tuesday.

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24 April 2015

"Press Logistic" delivers over 200 Russian printed media in Crimea and Sevastopol

In April this year, after the entry of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, the „Press Logistics" company - a distribution and logistics center of federal significance - has entered into a system of contracts with large retail chains and wholesale distributors of printed media in annexed territories, the combined share of which is 80 % of the market, and started deliveries of the Russian press in the region.

Years of experience of "Press Logistic" Ltd. in press distribution market allowed the company to optimize business processes in terms of logistics, taxation and workflow with regional partners and to create an effective delivery system for the press in the retail facilities Crimea and Sevastopol as soon as possible.

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23 April 2015

Association of journalists covering the family issues, created in Russia

Association of journalists covering the family issues (AZHST), established in Russia after the contest "The Family and the Future of Russia”, was told at the Foundation of St. Andrew to RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

40 journalists from federal and local media from 25 regions of Russia became the members of the Association.

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22 April 2015

Twitter gets tough in tackling internet trolls

Twitter has announced it is initiating new measures to stop users from receiving violent threats and abuse. These will include a new message filter and blocking the accounts of abusive users.

The new filter is being designed to prevent abusive messages from ever making it to anyone’s Twitter feed. The feature is still being tested, according to Shreyas Doshi, Twitter’s director of product management. 

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21 April 2015

In the spring session of the State Duma Amendments on Protection of Journalists will be adopted

The draft law on the protection of journalists working in hot spots can be passed by the Parliament in the spring session, said one of the authors of the amendments, the first deputy chairman of the Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organizations ("United Russia") Mikhail Markelov.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in 2014 the world lost 44 journalists, among them: 10 people were killed in Syria, four - in Israel, five - in Iraq, six - in Ukraine, said the deputy at the plenary session of the State Duma.

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20 April 2015

Journalists’ killings: Western media blind spot on what’s happening in Kiev

The recent killings in Ukraine are reported in Western media in a completely distorted way says investigative journalist Tony Gosling. It’s a dangerous situation that may provoke further killings and less reporting of certain points of view, he told RT.

Opposition journalist Oles Buzina was killed near his home in Kiev on Thursday. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has ordered a full investigation into the murder of the journalist, known for criticizing the government. It's the latest in a string of deaths of people who have been speaking out against the government.

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17 April 2015

Russian State News Reporter Fired After Saying FSB Shut Yekaterinburg Museum

A reporter for a state newspaper in Yekaterinburg was fired after writing that Russia's Federal Security Service closed down a major museum because of a photography exhibit co-organized by the U.S. Consulate, media reports said Tuesday.

The journalist, Yekaterina Kholkina, wrote in a brief article on Friday that the order came from the Moscow branch of the FSB, a successor agency of the Soviet KGB, according to a screenshot of the article posted on news site

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16 April 2015

Russian TV ad market stabilises

Russia’s TV ad revenues in the first quarter were 22% lower in the same period last year, according to the heads of Vi and Gazprom-Media, the two biggest sales houses.

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15 April 2015

Is Russia Winning Info War Against US?

Isn’t it time to declare that the United States has lost information war against Russia? Despite the fact that the Russian economy suffers from economic sanctions imposed by the West after its annexation of Crimea, Putin and Co are still capable of spreading its propaganda all over Europe.

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