Why Do Russians Support Censorship of the Media?

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Pietiläinen , J & Strovsky , D 2010 , ' Why Do Russians Support Censorship of the Media? ' , Russian Journal of Communication , vol. 3 , no. 1-2 , pp. 53-71 . < http://www.marquettejournals.org/images/RJCVol3Nos1-2.pdf >

Title: Why Do Russians Support Censorship of the Media?
Author: Pietiläinen, Jukka; Strovsky, Dmitry
Contributor organization: Aleksanteri Institute 2010-2017
Date: 2010
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Russian Journal of Communication
ISSN: 1940-9419
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/24366
Abstract: This article analyses support for censorship in Russia as part of the democratization process. Censorship has been an important part of Russian history and it was strengthened during the Soviet era. After the collapse of the Soviet system formal censorship was banned even though the reality has been different. Therefore it is not strange that many Russians would like to limit the freedom of the media and to censor certain topics. The views of Russians on censorship have been studied on the basis of a survey carried out in 2007. According to the results, three different dimensions of censorship were found. These dimensions include moral censorship, political censorship, and censorship of religious materials. Support for these dimensions varies on the basis of socio-demographic characteristics and media use. The article concludes that many Russians reject new phenomena, while support for the censorship of political criticism is not as high, but political censorship seems to enjoy more support among elites than among the common people.
Subject: 518 Media and communications
public opinion
social change
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion

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