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Securitising RussiaThe Domestic Politics of Vladimir Putin$
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Edwin Bacon, Bettina Renz, and Julian Cooper

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072246

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072246.001.0001

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The media

The media

(p.76) 4 The media
Securitising Russia

Edwin Bacon

Bettina Renz

Julian Cooper

Manchester University Press

Fears about the deterioration of press freedom in Russia during the presidency of Vladimir Putin have been widely discussed since his election in March 2000. Concerns with regards to adverse developments of press freedom under Putin have been voiced particularly about the closure of independent broadcast and print media outlets in recent years. This chapter discusses developments in the sphere of mass media and information in Russia under the Putin leadership through the framework of securitisation. First, it discusses media coverage of terrorism and elections and looks at government attempts to securitise such coverage. It then considers the secrecy of policy making in the media sphere and examines the obstruction of the activities of commercial and foreign media in the country. The chapter concludes that ‘behind the scenes’ involvement of security forces in the handling and regulation of the media sphere seems to have made a considerable contribution to the securitisation of the media sphere and to the perception that media freedom in contemporary Russia is deteriorating.

Keywords:   Russia, Vladimir Putin, securitisation, mass media, press freedom, terrorism, elections, secrecy, security forces

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