Putin sparks fear of web crackdownThis story follows the recent assassinations of Putin critics, including several journalists.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has decreed the creation of a new super-agency to regulate the country's media and the internet, sparking fears among journalists that a clampdown on the media could extend to the web, which until now has remained free.
Mr Putin this week signed off on a decree to merge two existing state agencies regulating the media into one super-agency that will issue licences to broadcasters and oversee the content of newspapers and websites.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Putin continues his assault on the press
Via Steve Clemons, Vladimir Putin continues to rebuild the Soviet State: