Center for Journalists in Extreme Situations (CJES), an independent, non-partisan Russian NGO dedicated to freedom of expression and the media, in cooperation with MEMO 98, has been monitoring the coverage of the Russian political scene in selected broadcast media. The project is intended to offer professional, comprehensive, objective monitoring initiative to assess the pluralism of ideas, accuracy, and balance in news reports presented on Russia’s main nationwide TV channels.
Over a period of more than a year, the project has sought to identify violations of existing legislation on TV and radio broadcasting and to promote democratic reforms and freedom of the press and expression as it relates to this sphere. CJES uses a methodology developed by MEMO 98. Enclosed is the first report which covers the period 11 January – 11 February 2011 available both in English and Russian.