Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Partly free, with a slight chance of despotism

Heard this on WNYC, and am still shaking my head that a well-meaning and apparently serious organization came up with such a goofy-sounding rating system.
Russia's status fell from Partly Free to Not Free because of the flawed nature of the country's parliamentary elections in December 2003 and presidential elections in 2004, the further consolidation of state control of the media, and the imposition of official curbs on opposition political parties and groups. Russia's retreat from freedom marks a low point not registered since 1989, when the country was part of the Soviet Union.

Was Sarah Vowell consulted?

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