Russian Senator to Sputnik: ‘West Using Soviet-Style Methods of Media Control’

Friday, May 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

Commenting on the media landscape in many Western countries today, Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Russian Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee, suggested that Western politicians were trying to deal with alternative sources of information in the worst Soviet-style tradition, far removed from any vaunted principles of freedom or democracy.

Speaking to Radio Sputnik on the sidelines of a forum for Russian-speaking broadcasters, Kosachev said that unfortunately, many Western countries’ information policy today is broadly aimed at discrediting Russia and limiting its opportunities in the international arena.

The senator explained that today, ordinary Western readers, viewers and listeners are bombarded by an information policy developed and implemented by their states. “It is a policy they accuse us of pursuing, but which they themselves implement without any inhibitions. This is a policy of discrediting Russia, a policy of eliminating, or at least restricting Russia’s opportunities as a competitor in the international arena,” Kosachev noted.

The senator added that any competition that exists in the formation of narratives about Russia was a lopsided one, “since the lion’s share of information about our country is biased, to put it mildly. And if we call things as they really are, this information is often simply false.”
At the same time, the senator said that attempts are being made to cut readers, viewers and listeners off from objective information, “of the kind that comes to them from Sputnik, through other authoritative broadcasters operating in Russian and with Russia.”

“This is a very unfortunate situation, and it has nothing to do with the freedom of speech or the freedom of information,” Kosachev noted.

The senator said that the current drama surrounding Russia in the American media was a perfect example of the kind of gross distortion of reality that’s being manufactured.

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