US restriction on Russian media is attack on free speech, Putin says

President Vladimir Putin said Kremlin’s retaliatory measures against restriction on Russian media in the US would be proportionate and reciprocal. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2017
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US restriction on Russian media is attack on free speech, Putin says

DANANG, Vietnam: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he was disappointed at US restrictions on Russian media operating on the US territory, which he said was an attack on free speech.
Putin, speaking at a press conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam, said Russia’s retaliatory measures would be proportionate and reciprocal.
“I want to draw your attention to the fact that there is no — and there can’t be — confirmation that Russian media meddled in election campaigns,” Putin said.
He added the retaliatory measures, which are being discussed in the Russian parliament in response to US restrictions on broadcaster Russia Today, were natural, though “perhaps a little bit too harsh.”
Russia’s parliament warned on Friday some US and other foreign media could be declared “foreign agents” and obliged to regularly declare full details of their funding, finances and staffing.


Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Updated 21 June 2018
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Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

HAVANA: Reports in Cuba’s state-run press have long consisted mostly of transcriptions of official Communist Party declarations, but that turgid style appears to be incrementally changing in the wake of Miguel Diaz-Canel becoming president in April.
Cuban journalists said the Political Bureau of the Communist Party, one of the country’s most powerful bodies, recently approved a “New Communication Policy” aimed at giving state media more ability to report news like their colleagues do in other countries.
State journalists say the goal is to compete with the spread of information from alternative online sources. Cuba has one of the world’s lowest rates of Internet use, but access has been expanding rapidly and Cubans who get online can find a nearly unlimited range of non-official media outlets.