Sunday, June 7, 2009

Good cop, bad cop? Well not quite

"I bring you greetings from Mr. Gorbachev, who called me this morning" said Dmitry Muratov, the Editor-in-Chief of Novaya Gazeta.

I'm live-blogging from Helsinki where the editor of a pioneering Russian newspaper is receiving an award at the IPI World Congress -- an annual meeting of global news media leaders concerned about media freedom.

Muratov continued: "'How should I begin my talk?' I asked Mr. Gorbachev. But I already knew what Gorbachev's answer would be. Because Gorbachev said, "-- by reminding the audience of those journalists who have been killed in the line of duty."

David Dadge, the Director of IPI -- having just introduced Muratov as IPI's 2009 media freedom award winner -- had informed the audience that some "32 journalists" had been "killed in Russia since 2002."

Four hundred journalists and news media executives stood for a moment of silence.

Following an interesting question and answer session, Muratov related this anecdote: "After Putin and Medvedev paid a visit to Finland, it was remarked by the speaker of the Finnish parliament that the two tend to play 'good cop, bad cop.' But the Finnish speaker said the act seemed strange to him 'since only one of them is a cop.'"

Jotman live-blogged the following panel discussions at the IPI World Congress:

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