In the News (from Freedom House): “The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed. This trend constitutes a growing threat worldwide and is even endangering freedom of information in countries regarded as democracies. … This year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than last year.
“Russia (148th) might have been lower in the index had it not been for the stubbornness and resistance shown by its civil society. But the authorities keep on intensifying the crackdown begun when Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012 and are exporting their model throughout the former Soviet Union. From Ukraine (127th, unchanged) and Azerbaijan (160th, -3) to Central Asia, Russia’s repressive legislation and communications surveillance methods are happily copied.”
My Comment: The media has compromised itself with its openness to bribery, so that no one believes in what it conveys. Everyone knows who is behind (pays for) each edition, channel, etc. Therefore, there is no freedom of speech, as there is no truth in what they want to convey. What is sold and conveyed is what is beneficial for their buyers.
In addition, the level of education and erudition of the majority of journalists is far from the level required for the presentation of current information. As a result, no one will suffer from greater restrictions of such media.