Medvedev calls on journalists to stay independent when making judgments

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes the mass media should not become a propaganda weapon.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes the mass media should not become a propaganda weapon.

"It is obvious that the work of journalists is often very difficult. Journalism is not held in much regard on the media scene, propaganda is much more important. Objective and honest views often contradict ideologies," Medvedev said at the World Congress of Russian Press.

In this regard, the task of any journalist is to stay a journalist, state the truth and keep their judgments independent. "However, it is obvious that it is very difficult now, especially in a situation when virtually anyone can become a mass medium," Medvedev said.

Medvedev said the level of confidence in the mass media was previously connected to the state registration of the mass media. "And now, with the development of the Internet and the blogosphere, all these criteria got mixed and, of course, it's a totally new situation," he said.

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