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03/21/1997

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'Stringers' Bemoan Lack of Rights

Russian journalists working for the bureaus of Western news media outlets in Moscow often do the most dangerous work but face discrimination and a lack of legal protection, the Russian Journalists Union said Thursday. Pavel Gutiontov, an organizer for the union, told a press conference his union will lodge a complaint with the International Federation of Journalists about the conditions faced by the estimated 2,000 to 3,000 Russian journalists who are currently working as ""stringers,"" casual employees for Western news organizations. Oleg Panfilov, a journalists' rights activist with the Glasnost Defense Foundation, said that even though they work as efficiently as their Western colleagues and are often the first to be assigned to hot spots like Chechnya or Tajikistan, local stringers usually have no written contracts with their employers, earn less and have no life insurance or social benefits.

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