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Opinion / Editorial

Journalists and... journalists

Journalists and... journalists

At the age of 86, German journalist Carl von Ossietzsky won the Nobel Peace Prize, while the Committee in Oslo later awarded the same award "for courage in the defense of free expression" to two other journalists - Maria Ressa in the Philippines and Dimitri Muratov , in Russia. Maria Ressa runs Rappler, an investigative website that has publicly exposed corruption in her country at the highest level, including Philippine President Duterte. Dimitri Muratov is, since 1995, the editor-in-chief of the Novaia Gazeta organ in Moscow, one of the few critical voices still alive in Russia. "They are representatives of all journalists who support this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of speech are facing increasingly contradictory conditions," underlined the President of the aforementioned Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, during the ceremony.


Maria Ressa was sentenced to prison for her writings and stated in an interview with Reuters in Manila how dire the situation in the Philippines was. Among other things, she emphasized: "Publicism has never been so difficult as it is now. The award is a global recognition of the role journalists play in fixing our flawed world. Politicians have the means to silence uncomfortable voices".
The editorial office of Muratovite suffered badly: Igor Domnikov, Iuri Scekocikin, Ana Politkovskaia, Stas Markelov, Anastasia Baburova, Natasha Estemirova died in suspicious circumstances. Muratov dedicated the Prize to them and pointed out that journalism is one of the most endangered professions in Russia. After that, the pressures increased even further in Russia. A large number of journalists were declared "foreign agents" by the regime and deported or fined over $60,000 to bankrupt their publications. The death threat often materialized, as in the case of Ana Polikovskaia, while illegal arrests became numerous. Dan Smith, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, thinks that "this increasingly pronounced phenomenon poses the problem of a larger struggle for the protection of the rights and safety of journalists".


Novaia Gazeta maintained its independence because journalists are the main shareholders, and especially because they manfully mastered their mission, ignoring the pressures. The Kremlin even hypocritically congratulated Dimitri Muratov.
In consolidated democracies, corruption, in the vast majority of cases, is punished almost one hundred percent. This is illustrated, for example, by what happened not long ago with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who was forced to resign because he was suspected of bribing the owner of Mediengruppe Österreich, Wolfgang Fellner, to publish opinion polls in in favor of the People's Party, which presided. The polls would be paid for with public money by the finance minister, who belonged to the same party. Chancellor Kurz justified the resignation by treating it as a responsible action in order not to create chaos and political crisis in the country. However, he retained the function of party leader and political immunity, which was criticized by the independent press. An absolute premiere was the attitude of the President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen, who apologized to the citizens for the lack of respect and moral image of Chancellor Kurz and his close party associates.
In consolidated democracies, being in search of perfection, they do not hesitate to express dissatisfaction with the achievements. "There is no pluralism in Germany. In Germany, freedom of the press is an illusion." The one who said these things is called Udo Ulfkotte, former political advisor of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, editor at "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" and head of "Whistleblower" magazine. The latter is considered as an alternative source of information to the news that the "classic" media does not reflect. Some time ago, Ulfkotte published the book Gekaufte Journalisten (Bought Journalists) with the subtitle: "How the German media is controlled by politicians, secret services and large financial groups".


On the pages of the above book you will find such expressions as: "Journalists manipulate us every day and every hour": "The main voices of the press are actually extensions of the NATO communication office"; "Freedom of the press is halved". The book contains accusations, not always substantiated, of corruption, manipulation, of journalists sold to the state, to the Americans or to powerful companies.
Although many of the book's data are seen as dubious, there is no denying the fact that its author Udo Ulfkotte has understood how things work in the mass media market and how the mechanisms of manipulating public opinion work.
In Albania and other ex-communist countries, the use of finances to create a certain political image in the press has turned into a non-transparent practice, while the written and visual media are increasingly financed by subsidies granted to different parties and are not the few journalists who are bought to influence the masses to vote in favor of this political formation. So we have journalists and "journalists".


"L'argent fait la guerre" ("Money makes the war") is what Napoleon Bonaparte said about the "hot war". But his words are also valid for the "cold war", a variant of which is currently taking place in the "battlefield" of propaganda.