Putin criticized Western media for manipulating public opinion

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory telegram to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, in which he called her example of traditional values in journalism. On Thursday, February 9, reports the Kremlin website.

“I congratulate you on the 150th anniversary since the publication of the first issue of the newspaper La Stampa, one of the oldest periodicals of Europe (…), which had always been traditional values such as freedom of speech, objectivity, impartiality and willingness to provide the opportunity for any point of view, to find its way to the reader,” — said in the text of the message.

At the same time, the Russian leader stated that in recent years a number of reputable Western media “has become a tool to manipulate public opinion, where distractions began to tear down the fate not only of individuals, but also to rewrite the political landscape of entire Nations”.

He noted that in La Stampa “has always worked real masters who truly love and know their business that strictly follows the highest principles of journalistic ethics”. Highly professional work of the staff of La Stampa and their firm civil position, in Putin’s opinion, contribute to strengthening confidence and mutual understanding between the people of different countries.

Also, the Russian President wished the new publication every success.

La Stampa is an Italian daily newspaper, founded in February 1867 by the journalist and writer Vittorio Berdecia (Vittorio Bersezio) under the original name of the “Gazzetta Piemontese”. The publication adheres to a mostly center-right views. Today La Stampa is ranked fourth in popularity among the Italian Newspapers. Its circulation is around 310 thousand copies.