New East Network: Who is the Guardian speaking for? Part 1

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by Kit

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Part one of our series investigating the Guardian’s “New East Network”. Notionally a network of “media partners” aiming to “expand coverage” of ex-Soviet states, we take a look inside the “New East Network” and ask: Just with whom is the Guardian in partnership?

Avid readers of the Guardian, if indeed such creatures truly exist anymore, will be more than familiar with the New East Network by now. A brand new sub-set of the media, a sort of imprint cartel, made up of various publications all dedicated to making ex-Soviet republics more “democratic”. Including, of course, Russia.

First appearing in the Guardian on the 9th of June 2014, at the height of Ukraine crisis – when a new “invasion” was being reported every twenty minutes or so, the New East Network (NEN) has brought us such groundbreaking journalism as “Putin walks funny”, “Lady-Nazis of the Aidar Battallion:…

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