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Obstructed view: how Russia distorts the Olympics

16
Feb
2014

When the Winter Olympic Games opened last week in Sochi, much of the conversation on social media focused on the events shortcomings: poor sanitation, empty stadiums, hotels in disrepair. But a very different, and far more worrying Sochi story has been unfolding in the mainstream Russian media, where many reporters and broadcasters are being muzzled by a government intent on presenting itself in the best light possible. Late last month, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published a damning report on how Russian media outlets have been silenced when trying to report on negative Sochi stories: forced evictions of local residents, exploitation of migrant workers, and environmental damage caused by construction projects. Its a grim scenario, and one that has become all too common in Russia, where President Vladimir Putin has slowly but surely consolidated control over the countrys major media outlets over the past few years.

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