GDF RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT ON MEDIA SITUATION
The report documents a significant increase in the number of conflicts in the information sector and growing violations of media and journalists' rights. As just one example, criminal attacks on editorial boards and individual journalists increased by 45 percent in 1999, with a total of 166 such attacks. The report states that "journalism in Russia has become a high-risk profession requiring special protection by society and the state," and that "there is not a single region throughout Russia whose legislative or political climate could be regarded as media-friendly." For the first time, a summary version of the report is available in English on GDF's website: http://www.gdf.ru/english/main.htm.">http://www.gdf.ru/english/main.htm">http://www.gdf.ru/english/main.htm.