100 years on, the long shadows that Russia’s 1917 revolution cast on freedoms globally is the subject of a new special report in Index on Censorship Magazine.
Lenin believed that journalists, novelists and opinion formers were either with him or against the state, and if they were against the state they shouldn’t be allowed to write or outline their views.
In the editorial Rachael Jolley, editor of the Index on Censorship Magazine, draws parallels between Lenin and rulers of today, including Angola’s President José Eduardi dis Sabtos, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and, recently, US President Donald Trump who use different methods to express disapproval, and silence, those who are critical of their policies and governments.
Describing Russia today, Jolley describes how under President Vladimir Putin’s Russia most of the media fall into line with government positions:
“Politicians fear being made fun of, and fear that a satirical representation of them may take root in the electorate’s brain,” said Jolley, explaining the need to fight for the freedom of comedians and satirists to do their work. She also pointed out that in the past 12 months comedians in Germany and Spain had faced prosecution.
Commenting on the publication of the issue, Jolley describes how in this era of “fake-news”, it is more important than ever to champion free speech.
100 Years On: What Difference Russia’s Revolution Makes to Freedom Today
Vol 46, Issue 2, 2017
Index on Censorship Magazine