Pravda’s Version of a Free, Critical Press

Articles in the Russian newspaper Pravda, ostensibly straight news articles, are more akin to Soviet party mouthpieces than to real journalism.

Jonathan Martin posted this gem on his blog

From the news portion of Pravda under a headline, “Russia: Again Savior of Peace and Life:”

The international community collectively held their breath waiting for the reaction of Russia after the savage, brutal, criminal attack by Georgia on South Ossetia. After having offered a ceasefire in hostilities, the back-stabbing Georgians immediately violated the ceasefire, invading South Ossetia and causing massive destruction and death among innocent civilians, among peacekeepers and also destroying a hospital.

Today’s Pravda main headline is

USA shows its meanness again as Russia mourns victims of genocide

The article includes these pieces of pro-government advocacy-

Condoleezza Rice’s anti-Russian remarks became yet another demonstration of double standards of the Bush’s administration in terms of sovereignty and territorial integrity, ITAR-TASS reports.

Washington blatantly ignored these principles several months ago, when it recognized the independence of Kosovo, an inseparable part of Serbia. However, it just so happens that the US administration sees the sovereignty principles highly important when it comes to Georgia.

Still trumpeting the party line after all these years.

3 Responses to Pravda’s Version of a Free, Critical Press

  1. Not a big surprise for Pravda-watchers, is it?

  2. oao says:

    it’s not just pravda. after all the decades of so-called communist rule, east-european regimes don’t know anything else but soviet stuff.

    but in the case of kosovo pravda has a point: once you go down the path of secession, you can’t be selective about who secedes and who does not.

    the US is seeing the consequences of its all-around abysmal foreign policies and its collapse into helplessness and irrelevance.

  3. pst314 says:

    After all these years the old joke is still true: There is no Izvestiya in Pravda and no Pravda in Izvestiya.

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