Putin and Naryshkin note high role of information resource in modern world

President Vladimir Putin notes the importance of journalists' independence and responsibility, and of guaranteeing the freedom of speech principle. "I think it is important that the agenda of the summit includes such key issues as the approval of ethical standards for the media community, guarantees of journalists' independence and objectivity, and of the freedom of speech principles, and the promotion of an equitable and constructive dialogue with state bodies," Putin said in a message of greetings, read out at the World Media Summit in Moscow on Thursday.

Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin echoed Putin and said neither Russian nor foreign media are pressured by the authorities in Russia. "Mass media are working freely in Russia. Foreign capital accounts for a rather large share in the media, but we see no danger in that," Naryshkin told during the World Media Forum in Moscow.

Speaking on journalism, he said that "high ethical standards should be encouraged in the media community" and this profession is unthinkable without high ethical standards and honesty. "The journalists' responsibility is very high as their work cannot be based on unverified facts," Naryshkin added.

Likewise, Putn said that the world media had a serious resource. "The information resource in all its diversity - from newspapers and television channels to online media and the Internet - largely determines the current and future situation in global politics and economy," the Russian president said.

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