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War Squishes Democracy

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Bad, but hardly surprising:

The Kremlin controls much of the Russian media, and Putin occasionally meets with friendly groups of senior journalists to answer questions and guide news coverage…. The message to the 30 or so media executives at the gathering was clear: With Russia occupying parts of Georgia and locked in perhaps its most serious conflict with the West since the Cold War, they should be especially vigilant against reporting anything that the government might find objectionable.

The media was under siege in Russia even before the war, but I suspect that this is part of a general relationship between war and media openness.

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