freedom of speech does not exist in the USA at all
US Congress has recently made another decision regarding the issue
of freedom of speech and press in Russia. American officials would
like to call upon the Russian administration to give more freedom
to Russian media outlets.
anti-Russian provocation in the US Congress was initiated by Republican
Congressman Thaddeus McCotter. The official referred to last year's
report from the US State Department and said that the pressure
on the part of the Russian government supposedly infringes the
freedoms of Russian mass media. Furthermore, the US official concluded
on the result of the above-mentioned document that the suppression
of freedom of speech in Russia results in unpunished intimidation
and crimes committed against journalists, including murder. The
official exemplified his statement with the killing of US journalist
Paul Klebnikov (former editor of Forbes Russia), which, as American
congressmen believe, is connected with alleged violation of freedom
of press in Russia.
is probably one of the most gibberish statements that US officials
have ever released in connection of their "concerns"
about freedoms in Russia. It is well-known that Paul Klebnikov
was killed by Chechen terrorists. When Mr. Klebnikov was alive,
he never complained of the Russian government violating freedom
of speech in Russia. Forbes magazine was free to publish anything,
without any instructions from the Kremlin.
congressmen ought to know that the present-day Russia is one of
the world leaders on the quantity of US-based newspapers and magazines
published in Russia. One can go out and buy a variety of publications
- from Russian Newsweek to Russian Penthouse. None of their top
managers have ever complained of any pressure from the authorities.
US administration disregards the fact that liberal media outlets,
to which American law-makers have a great fondness, can work in
Russia absolutely freely. Liberal journalists harshly criticized
the Office of the Prosecutor General during the development of
the notorious Yukos case, for example. If a similar situation
occurred in the States, the directors of such publications would
obviously be punished.
on the contrary, limitless freedom of speech does not exist in
the USA at all. The New York Times, which is considered to be
the example of objectiveness in the USA, is the tribune of the
Democratic Party. If a journalist's opinion differs from the one
of the party members, he or she will not be allowed to work in
are certain tabooed subjects in the USA too. World-known film
director Oliver Stone made a movie about the assassination of
the American President John Kennedy. The movie, titled J.F.K.,
was released in 1991. The director expressed a different version
about Kennedy's death. As a result, almost all famous American
newspapers and magazines cracked down on Stone saying that it
was a slanderous motion picture, the director of which was an
uneducated individual. Oliver Stone accused American journalists
of their dependence on the CIA, which supposedly ordered those
numerous negative reviews of his work. As a result, Oliver Stone
has not been making any political movies since that time.
the concerns on the US Congress about the violation of freedom
of speech in Russia looks rather unfriendly and cynical. A regular
press shop or a kiosk in Moscow sells a variety of newspapers
and magazines representing the views of communists, liberals,
pro-Russian and anti-Russian organizations, and even homosexuals.
The provocation of the US Congress was apparently meant to let
anti-Russian organizations know that the USA was going to continue
supporting their activities in Russia. The most revolting aspect
of the whole story is the fact that US officials do not feel ashamed
to appeal to the name of the now-deceased journalist Paul Klebnikov,
who was quite happy about the state of freedom of speech in Russia.
It would be better for US congressmen to read one of his books
to understand the origin of the real threat to freedoms in Russia.
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