Russia: Home of good news television
The dumbest thing you can do in a period of economic uncertainty is to give people (a) no information or (b) bad information. The Russian government seems inclined to do the former.
MOSCOW – Russian prosecutors will aggressively monitor how media outlets report on the ongoing financial crisis, authorities said Wednesday.
The Prosecutor General's office ordered news organizations to be responsible when reporting on financial institutions and not to spread panic, saying inspections may be carried out. No further details were given.
Reports on the Russian stock market plummet or the decline of the ruble have been all but absent on state-run television. Most TV stations are run by the government or private companies loyal to the Kremlin.