Ann Cooper Writes on Russia's Independent Media for Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Ann K Cooper (CBS Professor Emerita of Professional Practice in International Journalism) published the report "Conveying Truth: Independent Media in Putin's Russia" with the Shorenstein Center (Harvard Kennedy School). Cooper looks back at the evolution of independent media in Russia, from the late Soviet era to the coronavirus crisis of 2020. It represents a follow-up on "The Death of Glasnost" she wrote for the Committee to Protect Journalists 5 years ago. In her new report, Cooper takes back that death notice, due to her study of Russian media coverage of the pandemic:

"But today’s Russian media is not a Soviet-style monolith. That was clear in the spring of 2020 as the pandemic unfolded and its story was told by many voices on multiple platforms – by Russian medical workers on social media, by bloggers and tiny news sites in remote regions, by recent independent news startups led by some of the country’s most respected journalists, and by some older outlets that still manage to tell true stories in spite of Kremlin pressures."