Source Pravda.Ru

Putin stands for freedom of speech, but restricted with democratic laws

The free press in Russia must have its economic basis instead of protecting corporative interests, Vladimir Putin said at the meeting with the graduates and students of Columbia University.

"A free possibility of expressing one's views must be limited by the law adopted in a democratic way," he pointed out.

A vivid example of this problem, said Putin, "took place during the capture of hostages in Moscow, when one television company bribed a policeman to have a possibility to climb to the roof of the building and broadcast the storm live, thus having jeopardized the lives of the 800 hostages and 200 special forces officers who stormed the building." "They did this not fighting for the freedom of speech but, as later their colleagues admitted, in the fight against their rivals, in the fight for money," said the Russian President.

"Is it permissible to jeopardize the life of people in the fight for superprofit?" the head of the Russian state asked a rhetoric question.

"The press can be free if it has its own economic basis but if it is monopolized by two or three 'money bags,' it is not a freedom, but the protection of corporative interests," he underscored.

Comments
Donald Trump suddenly falls for glorious Russian tradition to hold military parades
Students of UC reinvent the consumption of legumes
Iran's next moves on nuclear deal much more important - Kremlin
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Russia threatens to raise tariffs on US goods worth $538 million
Iran's next moves on nuclear deal much more important - Kremlin
Venezuela may expect another Panama scenario from 1989
Pentagon's goal in the Middle East is to trigger major war between Israel and Iran
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Foreign Ministry official explains why Russia had to sell Alaska to US
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
British football fans spineless to unleash World War Three in Russia during World Cup
Pentagon's goal in the Middle East is to trigger major war between Israel and Iran
Venezuela may expect another Panama scenario from 1989
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'