Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 1 Issue: 8

On December 9, President Vladimir Putin presented awards to Russian journalists-most of them employed by the state-owned television network RTR-for their “objective coverage” of the war in Chechnya. By “objective” the Russian president clearly meant coverage which favored and supported the Russian military campaign (Agence France Presse, December 10, citing RIA Novosti, December 9).