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Russia and Free Speech

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´╗┐Faizus Amin Model UN Russia and Free Speech. Topic #5 In a speech in the summer of 2000, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that "Without truly free media Russian democracy will not survive, and we will not succeed in building a civil society." From this statement, Putin claims to form a democratic society in Russia and, in order to do that the mass media would have to be free and independent. Despite this goal, Putin has been severely criticized for his "interventionist approach toward Russia's mass media." So, from the perspective of media, is Russia a democracy or not? Does Russia today have a free press, and can citizens exercise freedom of speech with no restrictions? ...read more.

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Experts say the case weakens freedom of speech in Russia. Analysts also say this trial and sentencing is proof that the Russian government will continue with attempts to silence political dissent in the future. Additionally, President Vladimir Putin and ordered the video, ?The Innocence of Muslims? banned. Putin announced he is pushing for an anti-blasphemy law on ?insulting religions and people religious sentiment.? The State of Duma considers theses actions as threats and must be countered. ?All these actions are aimed at destabilizing the centuries-old spiritual and moral foundations of Russia, discrediting traditional values and, in essence, serve to ignite civil strife and undermine the country's sovereignty," the Duma resolution said. ...read more.

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who incorporated the church into the administrative structure of an absolutist state, with him at the top. Is democracy possible without freedom of speech? No, but does that mean that there will be no democracy in Russia? A democracy with flaws accurately describes Russia in a fair manner. Russia may have the institutions that make up a democracy, but it cannot be a democracy until those institutions are allowed to function in a democratic manner. In the case of freedom on speech, mass media is a vital aspect and its corruption and manipulation by the government obscures the path to democracy. For this reason, legal state financing of the mass media based on an open, equal, monitored distribution of funds will decrease corruption and strengthen and allow freedom of speech. ...read more.

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