JRL NEWSWATCH: “Internet v internyet; Russians are shunning state-controlled TV for YouTube; A worried Vladimir Putin is trying to regain control of Russia’s web” – The Economist

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“… Putin … began his rule … establishing a monopoly over television, the country’s main source of news. … help[ing] … create an illusion of stability – and whip up enthusiasm for his foreign wars. But the Kremlin’s most reliable propaganda tool is losing its power. Russian pundits have long described politics as a battle between the television and the refrigerator (that is, between propaganda and economics). Adapted File Photo of TV Set in Russia with Camera, Camerman, Woman on Set in BackgroundNow, the internet is weighing in.  … the Levada Centre … pollster [found that] Russians’ trust in television has fallen by 30 percentage points since 2009, to below 50%. The number of people who trust internet-based information sources has tripled to nearly a quarter of the population. … most of those aged 18-24 rely on the internet …. YouTube … is now viewed by 82% of the Russian population aged 18-44. Channel One, Russia’s main television channel, reaches 83% …. Vloggers have overtaken some television anchors ….”

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