KI Daily Brief – January 10, 2015

German Chancellor Merkel urges progress on Minsk peace plan before Ukraine summit is to be convened, OCCRP ranks Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán after Putin in corruption, and China arrests a journalist considered to be a pioneer of independent journalism

Putin, Maria Ivanovna from Ivanovo, and Ukrainians on the Telly

“After a brief interval of freedom, Russia’s media seem back at a place they escaped from in the late 1980s: the doorway of a censor whose permission to publish is mandatory. The only difference is that now the “New Censorship” is no longer a purely external means of controlling the media. In Russia it has become part of their very nature. . .”