Mikhail Gorbachev's statement on Radio Liberty and mass dismissal of RL journalists
Statement by Mikhail Gorbachev
Glasnost is threatened in Russia and other countries. Journalists and press are being increasingly attacked.
Glasnost helped break the resistance of conservative reactionary top bureaucracy, when its representatives attempted to turn back Russia’s development.
Today, when people openly show their will to influence the government’s policy and participate in forming their destiny, glasnost’s importance grows.
Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty’s management decision to dismiss almost all of the Russian service staff looks especially strange in this context.
In times of severe censorship Radio Svoboda (RFE/RL Russian Service) made calls for democratization and glasnost a tenor of its programmes.
It is hard to get rid of an impression that RFE/RL’s American management is prepared to make an about-turn.
[…] on Wednesday, BBG Watch has learned. Some, like former President Mikhail Gorbachev, have already criticized the actions of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty executives. The decision to fire journalist and to cancel Radio Liberty’s human rights and other […]
[…] Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow was condemned by former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev, and by famous Russian human rights activists, including Lyudmila Alexeeva and Tatiana Yankelevich, […]