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Polarisation and propaganda have never been higher on the agenda. In the future (shudder the thought), we will look back on this as the decade of "values-based" conflicts — whether it's the 2016 US presidential election or the information war between Russia and, it seems, everyone else.

Here at oDR, we're interested in putting polarisation and propaganda in context — media ethics, standards and ownership — to uncover what's really at stake.

In Russia’s media, censorship is silent

A new survey of 100 Russian journalists reveals their perceptions of professional challenges, objectivity and freedom. Русский

Crimea: freedom of speech turns to freedom of silence

Crimea has had no independent media for two and a half years now — a Crimean journalist speaks out about the situation on condition of anonymity. Русский

The disappearing journalists of the North Caucasus

My ChecheIMG_2095.JPGn colleague Zhalavdi Geriyev has been imprisoned. How many more journalists will join him behind bars?

 

Forced limbo: how Azerbaijan prevents journalists from leaving the country

Many authoritarian regimes would banish troublemakers. But in Azerbaijan, dissidents and critical journalists are prevented from leaving the country. 

Over the barriers

Think-tanks, newspapers and state agencies make it their work to ratchet up superpower tension. For Russia and the US, it’s time to transcend these intermediaries and speak face-to-face. Русский

Putin and Trump’s bad bromance

The recent leak of emails from inside the US Democratic Party have led to allegations that Trump is a Kremlin agent. This is clickbait conspiracy at its best.

Kazakhstan: the limits of authoritarian crisis management

Violent attacks on state institutions have shaken the Nazarbayev regime in recent weeks, exposing its fixation with information control over state management.


Russia, America, it's time to talk face-to-face

During the late 1980s, superpower leaders demagnitised international confrontation by speaking directly to the other side. Why shouldn't we do this again? Русский

In Ukraine, not only heroes deserve justice

A Ukrainian blogger sentenced for his scandalous views on the conflict in the Donbas has just been released. Whatever his shortcomings, Ruslan Kotsaba deserved our solidarity.

Way down in Pankisi

Georgia’s Pankisi Valley has gained a reputation for violent extremism in recent years. But the international community’s attention isn’t just unwanted, it’s harmful. Русский

Brexit: the view from Eurasia

Whether you’re in Mariupol or Margate, politics has become an organic part of the tabloid press. Our media should change to tackle this.

Life after facts: how Russian state media defines itself through negation

The image of “Russian propaganda” as a powerful machine where all cogs and wheels work in harmony is not entirely accurate — and here’s why. Русский

Ramzan Kadyrov, John Oliver and the power of ridicule

As we hunt for the Chechen leader’s cat online, are we falling into the dictator’s trap? 

Critical thinking at (the) stake: Ukraine’s witch hunt against journalism

In the two years since Ukraine’s Maidan protests, Ukrainian society has become increasingly politically active — with unintended consequences. РусскийУкраїнською

Review: Marc Bennetts’ “I’m going to ruin their lives”: Inside Putin’s War on Russia’s Opposition

For years, we’ve seen Russia in black-and-white terms. This new book on the Putin regime and its discontents puts people first. 

In Estonia, we should be careful not to overstate the impact of the information war

The Baltic States are now seen as the next frontline in Russia’s hybrid war. But the political preferences of ethnic Russian communities are more complicated than meets the eye. 

Happy 25th birthday, TV-2, or the rise and fall of independent Russian TV

This month TV-2, an independent TV channel in the Siberian city of Tomsk, turns 25 years old. It hasn’t been on the air for 18 months. Русский

Could a union do anything to protect Russian journalists?

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Physical attacks and management interference have put Russian journalists' safety — and their ability to work freely — back on the table. A new union will have to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. Русский

A columnist’s work is never done

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For decades, columnists helped form new communities through their journalism. But now, they're dying out. Русский

 

Turning our backs on Ukraine

nybmIlf4.jpgTwo years after the tumultuous events of 2014, Ukraine is falling out of international media — with consequences for Ukraine’s democracy.

Why are Russia’s journalists so prone to conspiracy theory?

The popularity of conspiracy theory in Russia today isn’t about cultural mindsets. It’s about media ethics. Русский

 

Russia's porn stars aren't just hot, they're also ostracised and exploited

Russia’s porn stars may have a reputation on the net, but they enjoy little in terms of rights and respect offline.

 


Karabakh: the view from Georgia

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Renewed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh have put Georgia’s Armenian and Azeri communities in a delicate situation. But despite tensions, they are finding new ways to coexist during conflict.

The killer nanny and the TV blackout

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The recent murder of a child in central Moscow has shocked us all. Why didn't Russian state media respond?

 

Why we don’t publish articles about Putin

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Mainstream media in the west and Russia is fixated on the Russian president. Here’s why we’re not. Deutsch

 

How can we politicise labour rights in Georgia?

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In Georgia, violations of workers’ rights, low pay and negligent treatment by private corporations continue to go unnoticed. We need to politicise the world of work.

 

How “Operation Liza” failed

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The failure of a recent Russian propaganda campaign in Germany tells us that Kremlin strategists know nothing about the country, nor its sizeable Russian-speaking population. Русский

2016: Unsteady ground for Armenian media

Protecting sources at risk, self-censorship and poor financing — Armenia has no shortage of obstacles for its journalists to overcome in 2016. Русский

How international media failed Moldova’s protesters

There’s more to Moldova's protests than “pro-European” versus “pro-Russian”.

 

Review: Arkady Ostrovsky’s ‘The Invention of Russia’

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This new history tells a compelling, if normative, story of how Russia’s journalists and entrepreneurs threw off their former shackles, only to put them back on again.

 

oDR speaks to MeydanTV’s Emin Milli

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In Azerbaijan, the crackdown on civil society continues. We speak to the director of MeydanTV, one of the country’s few sources of independent media, about the future of the press and civil society in Azerbaijan.

 

Ukraine’s media: a plea for pluralism

Ukraine’s media is caught between propaganda and counter-propaganda. We need to stop this black and white thinking.

 

Russia's politics of paranoia

Russian society tries to keep its nerve. The Kremlin thrives on it, the papers amplify it—but nobody can quite control this profound paranoia.

Обзор российской прессы (21 декабря)

Санкции Москвы против Крыма, решение сирийского вопроса, выборы без Навального – все, что обсуждают главные российские СМИ, мы собрали в свой традиционный обзор прессы. В этом году он будет последним, но мы вернемся к вам с еще более интересными новостями уже 1 января 2016 года.

Обзор российской прессы (18 декабря)

Зять Путина, нестыковки в президентской пресс-конференции, мирный диалог о Сирии и многое другое. Самые интересные публикации в федеральных газетах мы собрали в нашем традиционном обзоре прессы.

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