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The Telegraf story 30

I've just heard that Alexander Krasnitsky, chief editor of Telegraf, one of major Russian-language newspapers, resigned. In an interview to BNS, Mr Krasnitsky cited differences in opinions with the newspaper's publisher regarding "the freedom of the media, their content, and structure" as the main reason for his resignation. Only a year ago, Olga Proskurova, the previous chief editor of this newspaper, quit due to (as I've heard) similar reasons.

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What will Telegraf become? For clues, hear what Jelena Breslava, a representative of the publisher, and a self-styled economist, had to say in an interview to BNS [my translation]:

"We think that in these times one has to write to support efforts to take this country out of the crisis, society needs directions, connected with economic development, and not identification and emphasis of problems. Mr. Krasnitsky has a different opinion. He thinks that journalists are the public's watchdogs."

This all begs the question of who will tell the public what these "directions" of "economic development" are. Mrs Breslava? Or, whoever pays her salary? It's hard not to guess that "whoever" is Mr. Antonov, a Russian businessman who is rumored to have bought Telegraf some time ago. What does a Russian businessman care about this country's "directions of development"? Are there more 'whoevers' out there? Perhaps, the key to interpreting all this is that there is probably no such thing as a politically-unconnected (or, should I use the word "authorized"?) large businessman in today's Russia.

What are the broader implications of this? I think it's not an exaggeration to say that independent Russian language newspapers in this country have become nearly extinct (is Bizness & Baltija the last one?). Sadly, in recent years we have seen some very similar developments in the Latvian-language newspapers. Although, there have been some notable pockets of resistance, such as "Ir" and "pietiek.com".

However, I wouldn't like to end on a pessimistic note. Yes, big boys have interests, and they see media as an investment to influence the simple-minded voters and put (a semblance of) pressure on the politicians. Economic power seeks to acquire political power to further its economic interests. It has always been like this and it will be. And yet, although many countries ended up in the feudal pit where political power is same as economic power (and vice-versa), some countries have escaped from this predicament. Why? I think it happened because the sum of the many acts of individual courage reached a certain critical mass. Like the one committed by Mr. Krasnitsky, who preferred to lose his job, rather than agree to peddle the new owner's vision of what's good for Latvia. Like the group of journalists that walked away from captured Diena and established "Ir". Like (some) of the remaining journalists at Diena who often refused to do what they were told by their new masters. Like those who are putting their efforts into pietiek.com. The list is quite long, really. Some may think those individual acts of courage are too few and fragmented to be effective. I think these acts of courage are much more influential than it may seem at a first glance. They inspire others, and they let the like-minded know they're not alone. And last, but not least, the silent majority is watching.

PS I just read the pietiek.com piece on this, including an audio-recording of the meeting in Telegraf where the rep of the publisher, that same Jelena Breslava, openly said that "censorship exists always". So Mr. Krasnitsky also quit with style. I like that.

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Thomas Necklaces 24.08.2011 05:22
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Ahmeds - Luisam 07.01.2011 12:07
Nesaprotu Tavu svešvalodu! Ha!

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Luis F 05.01.2011 17:37
No answer to my question - I guess that makes you a hypocrite Ahmed.

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Ahmeds 28.12.2010 22:14
Šķiet, šeit ir jau divi Ahmedi!

Un beidziet šo švaukstošanos. Runa nav par nacionālismu (kas es neesmu), runa ir par to, ka tauta dod jums padomu nekļūt izsmieklam.

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grr 21.12.2010 02:56
Thanks for the compliment, Ahmeds

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Ahmeds 18.12.2010 08:47
grr - fui! Tautas kangars!!!

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grr 16.12.2010 19:19
I'm afraid you are fighting an uphill battle here, my dear Latvian friend Ahmeds. Why not just visit the website of Lauku, sorry, Latvijas Avīze, where your ideas will find a lot more support?

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Luis F 16.12.2010 13:35
What does "@R" mean? Ahmed - is that Latvian, or are you being a terrible, just terrible, hypocrite?

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Ahmeds 13.12.2010 23:09
@R
Nu ko var švaukstēt! Ja saproti latviski, tad kāpēc latviešiem raksti angliski, englenderi?

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R 13.12.2010 22:00
Meh, this is funny; what an impressive collection of lv-style rednecks in the thread! 'tauta grib Latvisku politiku.lv' - epic, just epic. c'mon, network hamsters, report your accounting - how much did you get from Telegraf for this dustbin activity?

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The Heteredox Economist 13.12.2010 16:02
I am enjoying my erstwhile Professor's discomfort here.

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Aloizs 12.12.2010 20:17
Skaidrs, ka tauta grib Latvisku politiku.lv. vai redaktori klausās?

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otra puse 10.12.2010 15:50
Interesanti būtu uzzināt statistiku, cik daudz ārzemnieku lasa politika.lv. Ja jau ir tāda nepieciešamība lokāla mēroga medijā rakstīt angliski.

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Ahmeds 09.12.2010 13:47
Ja jau spējat saprast manis teikto latviski (ne jau caur gūgļe transļeitu), tad nešvaukstiet ar tiem zābakiem pa baznīcas vidu.:-) (Atzīšos, ka visu "Mērnieku laiki" neesmu lasījis.)

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Luis F 06.12.2010 16:12
Ahmed - go back to your hole in the ground. Dr Dombrovsky can blog in any language he damn well pleases. Arabic, so you can understand, perhaps?

And as for that other little man who questioned the hierarchy of SSE Riga = did you checked the link another commenter provided?

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stu 05.12.2010 14:57
to Ahmed, dont like it dont read it. its a market place of ideas, if you'd prefer not to know that is your right, but why waste your time complaining about it?

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Ahmeds 05.12.2010 13:10
Es tikai brīnos no kurienes tā doma rakstīt angliski? Vai tā ir mūsdienu integrācija? Angļu valodas prasmju atradīšana? Autora un politika.lv ārzemju publikas un grantdevēju ķeršana?
Vienkārši nemāk latviski, bet šajā portālā neraksta krieviski?
Visi uzskaitītie iemesli ir pārāk dīvaini lai būtu derīgi. Nu tad kāpēc?
Šādu englenderu ākstīšanos nelasu principā. Saprastu, ja autors būtu Stīvs Gailītis vai kāds cits ārzemju latvietis bez latviešu valodas, bet ar interesi par šeit notiekošo. Bet autora vārds un uzvārds neatgādina ārzemju latviešiem esošos.
Nu tad kāpēc?

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Janis Ozols 05.12.2010 03:02
There are different opinions what freedom of press means. Is it a situation when editorial board is independent from political censor-ship (political influence), or is it situation when more competing media exists. What i'am pointing to, is that if there are five media which belongs to five oligarchs who hate each other, there still be opurtunity to gain some critical information about all of these guys.
However, in this situation you have to read or whatch all of these media, which is not usual for Latvian situation. Moreover, people very rarely read any of printed newspapers, especialy this is common for young people.
Of course, this is sad that newspaper who had at least some neutrality and media standarts may turn into next political instrument.

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Jaņdžs 02.12.2010 17:38
Thanks for the report. I did not know the background facts. However, I disagree that "Ir" is "a pocket of resistance". It's editorial thinking is part of the system, albeit when the system was more believable than it is today.

As for this site being part of not-English speaking Latvia, I am glad that it isn't. It shows that at least some of us are not stuck with info found only at the bottom of the barrel.

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stu 02.12.2010 17:24
insider, if that phrase is incorrect then how can one explain this link? http://www.sseriga.edu.lv/Department_of_Economics
Hansen is listed as head of dept and dombrovksy as faculty. do those words have a different meaning for you?

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Insider 02.12.2010 17:11
Lol'd. Morten Hansen, Dr. Dombrovsky's boss - that's an epic fail. LuisF, next time before you gonna make a statement like this, do some basic background research on the topic in order not to look like a complete fool.

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Luis F 02.12.2010 14:44
People like Aloizs always pollute the blogosphere. Dr Dombrovsky's boss, Morten Hansen, has to put up with similar rubbish on his IR.lv blog. Keep up the excellent blogging Dr Dombrovsky!

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Miks 02.12.2010 10:05
Immense kudos to Mr Krasnitsky for sticking to his principles. Ironically, in forcing Krasnitsky out the owner(s) look certain to lose one of very few news sources able to make a credible and intelligent case for the Saskanas Centrs line on many issues. Now Telegraf can revert to being a simple propaganda sheet that no-one takes seriously. If as is rumored this all came about thanks to a certain former journalist turned politician possessing a bubble ego then the irony is complete.

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Aloizam 01.12.2010 21:09
a kāpēc tev liekas, ka autors NEMĀK latviski?

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grr > Aloizs 01.12.2010 18:21
>ja nemāki latviski, tad pievieno tulkojumu!Te tomēr vēl ir Latvija.

If you can't write in English, attach a translation! This is an English-language blog.

:)

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mur 01.12.2010 15:18
Aloiz, ja tu saprastu, ko Vjačeslavs te raksta, tu nepievienotu savu muļķīgo komentāru ;)

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Aija 01.12.2010 15:09
Alex ir viens no vislabākajiem krievu žurnālistiem, kuru Latvijā pazīstu. Un Telegraf bija tik labs un specīgs lielā mērā pateicoties tieši viņa darbam.

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Krista>Aloizam 01.12.2010 14:56
Ja vēlies lasīt dažādus viedokļus un izrauties no savas aprobežotās mucas, iemācies kādu svešvalodu (vai, piemēram, lietot Google tulkotāju). Absolūtais vairums politika.lv lasītāju brīvi pārvalda vismaz 3 valodas. Paldies Slavam Dombrovskim, ka viņš izvēlas blogot angliski, lai par vētrām mūsu pīļu dīķī uzzin arī plašākos ūdeņos mītošie!

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Aloizs 01.12.2010 14:33
ja nemāki latviski, tad pievieno tulkojumu!Te tomēr vēl ir Latvija.

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