Grip of Putin's censors tightens: And under-reported story. ""We know where your child is walking right now" is a pager message that has bedeviled news anchors at the station. Anonymous callers have issued threats to intimidate staff and chief editor Alexei Venediktov.
Other times the quest for favorable coverage is gentler, discussed at a fine restaurant over a bottle of wine with an official from the Kremlin -..
The Glasnost Defense Foundation reports that 10 journalists were murdered, 96 assaulted, and 24 media offices attacked in 2003. Some 378 court cases were also brought - down slightly from more than 400 for each of the previous two years - and in 24 cases the plug was pulled on programs while on the air.
Television - the only source of news for the majority of Russia's 145 million citizens - has been hardest hit, though many other outlets also feel the heat. .. The Kremlin makes contact twice a week on average .." 7:23:22 PM