Western Media on Pussy Riot

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The Pussy Riot case has received much attention around the world based on the ethics of the court’s decision and freedom of expression. The Western media covers the news with facts with truth and consistency, however the information presented shows a favourite towards the side of the Russian band Pussy Riot and against the Putin government. Canadian news such as CTV, CBC and music news like Much Music covered the story with facts of Canadian citizens protesting against Pussy Riot’s two-year sentence to jail. The news has covered people protesting with signs on the street and using bias language against the Russian government. The United States’ news has also played a big role in supporting the band’s fight for freedom. News networks such as CNN, The Wall Street Journal and MTV have covered the news with favoured sided facts for the band. Stories of protest and government officials’ disapproval of the band’s sentence have all been published to the western public resulting in citizens fighting for the Russian band. Social networks such as Twitter played a big role in support of the band’s freedom. Celebrities such as Madonna and Jesse McCartney have also played a role in supporting for the Band. Western world views the court sentencing as a violation of freedom of speech. Western news cover stories with the question what, where, when rather to why. The western news reveals all the facts, however does not stress on the why and the reasons for the Russian court’s decisions. The readers receive a sense of injustice and wrong when reading news about the Pussy Riot’s case. The western world stresses on freedom and democracy and the Russian court imposed a strict and intolerance towards some sorts of behaviour of expression.

The western news had made a positive outcome for the punk band, Pussy Riot. CTV, CBC and Much Music have covered news of Canadian citizens showing support for the Band. News about the band’s arrest initiated as an arrest for freedom of speech against the Russian government. The news has escalated when the band got sentenced for two years for “hooliganism” and religious hatred. News headlines such as “ Imprisoned Pussy Riot face tough life in penal colony” by CTV, “Pussy Riot supporters protest outside consulate in Toronto” and “Pussy Riot protest: Conviction of anti-Putin Pussy Riot band sparks worldwide protests” by CBC implies a dissent on the Russian court’s decision. Canadian news reports that the band faces charges for expressing their political views in a democratic country and North America have expressed disapproval to this action. Fans and Canadian supporters of freedom of expression have expressed their disapproval to the world by protesting on the streets, reported by news reports, and using social networks such as Twitter. Much Music has posted pictures of people protesting with signs that declare, “Punk Rock is not a crime”, “Protect freedom of expression” and “free Pussy Riot”. These declarations exhibit a definite support for the band and disapproval for the Russian court’s decision. An example of Canadian news support of the band is CTV’s news report when the band was sentenced to jail Outside the Russian consulate on Bloor Street, about 100 people carried placards and musical instruments, The Canadian Press reported. "I felt it was so wrong on so many levels I felt I had to do something,” Toronto organizer Lynn Flatley told CTV’s Canada AM Friday morning, before the protest began. “I had never done anything like this but it was a tipping point for me.” Another protest got underway outside the Russian embassy in Ottawa around 1 p.m. while another was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in Montreal. The three band members, two of whom have young children, have been in jail since March when they burst into a cathedral during services and recited a ‘punk prayer’ calling on the Virgin Mary to protect Russian citizens from Vladimir Putin, who was set to win a new term as president at the time. (CTV...
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