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Arvamus 16 Mar 2012  EWR
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Why do Eastern politicians so often hide in the off-the-record world?

Katerina Safarikova, Transitions Online
From reading the Eastern European press, you could get the impression that various politicians and decision-makers were all members of the Anonymous movement. Not because of their passion for free downloads, but because of their weakness for anonymous voices – their own.

Far more often than in the Western media, Eastern public personages – whether Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, or Romanian – hide under the tag “unnamed source” or “representative who didn’t wish to be quoted” when asked by a journalist to express a view. While logic would suggest that a public figure would seek out media exposure, the Easterners evade it – voluntarily, happily.

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