Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere

Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere

Edited by Mariëlle Wijermars and Katja Lehtisaari

In recent years, the Russian government has dramatically expanded its restrictions on the internet, while simultaneously consolidating its grip on traditional media. The internet, however, because of its transnational configuration, continues to evade comprehensive state control and offers ever new opportunities for disseminating and consuming dissenting opinions. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, including media law, human rights, political science, media and cultural studies, and the study of religion, this book examines the current state of the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and media freedom in Russia, focusing on digital media and cross-media initiatives that bridge traditional and new media spheres. It assesses how the conditions for free speech are influenced by the dynamic development of Russian media, including the expansion of digital technologies, explores the interaction and transfer of practices, formats, stylistics and aesthetics between independent and state-owned media, and discusses how far traditional media co-opt strategies developed by and associated with independent media to mask their lack of free expression. Overall, the book provides a deep and rich understanding of the changing structures and practices of national and transnational Russian media and how they condition the boundaries of freedom of expression in Russia today.

Mariëlle Wijermars is a researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Katja Lehtisaari is a university lecturer at Media and Communication Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, and the co vice-chair of IAMCR's Communication in Post- and Neo-Authoritarian Societies Working Group

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Title: Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere
Editors: Mariëlle Wijermars and Katja Lehtisaari
Published: 2019
Pages: 294
Publisher: Routledge

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