Vladimir Putin Tightens State Media Control, Appoints Homophobe to Run Restructured Agency

Published: December 9, 2013

President Vladimir Putin is dissolving the state-run news agency RIA Novosti in a reorganization, that agency reports:

 
PutinNews agency RIA Novosti and the state-owned Voice of Russia radio will be scrapped and absorbed into a new media conglomerate called Rossiya Segodnya, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin. The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.
 
In a separate decree published Monday, the Kremlin appointed Dmitry Kiselyov, a prominent Russian television presenter and media manager recently embroiled in a scandal over anti-gay remarks, to head Rossiya Segodnya.
 
You may recall that Kiselyov, Deputy General Director of the Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, made remarks dehumanizing gays on a broadcast by the state-owned network Rossiya 1 in August.
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