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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

ORT to Filter Election News Content

The general director of Russia's largest television channel, ORT, said this week that as the electoral campaign starts, his statopm will filter the political coverage in accordance with its views.

Speaking at the World Congress of the Russian-language Press, Igor Shabdurasulov said that the tactics used to manipulate the media for political gain will be much dirtier in the 1999 and 2000 elections than the tricks used in 1996.

The television executive added that he has already received many blunt proposals for paid coverage of events.

"We will not be omnivorous," he said. "We will determine for ourselves which political parties and movements correspond to our political understanding."

While any political group will be able to buy advertising time on ORT, the state-owned channel will be more selective when it comes to showing political parties on news broadcasts or public affairs programs.

ORT's programming will not reflect the views of all political parties fighting for power, Shabdurasulov said, adding that "there is no place for the 'mirror' approach."