Text of Letter Sent to President of National Press Club By Boris Jordan, NTV General Director

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from NTV

    MOSCOW, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is the text of a letter
 sent to the President of the National Press Club, Richard Ryan by NTV General
 Director, Boris Jordan:
 
 
      Mr. Richard Ryan
      President
      National Press Club
      529 14th Street, N.W.
      Washington D.C. 20045
 
      April 26, 2001
 
      Dear Mr. Ryan:
 
     The views of the National Press Club are taken very seriously by me and
 all of my colleagues.  We respect and applaud your vigorous commitment to
 freedom of the press as an indispensable pillar of democracy.
 
     In this regard, I want to assure you that as long as I am chief executive
 of NTV, there will be no management interference with the editorial
 independence of our news team and commentators.  Moreover, I have said
 repeatedly that if I become aware of any interference from the Kremlin, I will
 resign.  I do not know any way to make my commitment to freedom of the press
 more explicit.
 
     Beyond my personal assurance, however, I urge you and the international
 journalist community to view our broadcasts for yourselves: you will see that
 our programs contain vigorous news reporting and analysis with no lack of
 critical commentary on government policies and actions.
 
     The action by NTV's shareholders to bring in new management at the station
 was necessary to save this network that had been brought to the brink of
 financial disintegration by the fiscal dereliction and peculation of the prior
 management under Vladimir Gusinsky.  Among other things, you should be aware
 that all of the reporters who were a part of NTV's Chechnya team have remained
 a core part of NTV through the change in management and continue to be
 dedicated to the very highest standards of journalistic integrity.
 
     We would very much welcome a continuing dialogue with you and the members
 of the National Press Club and I look forward to an opportunity to meet with
 you and the members when I am next in Washington.
 
      Sincerely,
 
      Boris Jordan
      General Director
 
 

SOURCE NTV
    MOSCOW, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is the text of a letter
 sent to the President of the National Press Club, Richard Ryan by NTV General
 Director, Boris Jordan:
 
 
      Mr. Richard Ryan
      President
      National Press Club
      529 14th Street, N.W.
      Washington D.C. 20045
 
      April 26, 2001
 
      Dear Mr. Ryan:
 
     The views of the National Press Club are taken very seriously by me and
 all of my colleagues.  We respect and applaud your vigorous commitment to
 freedom of the press as an indispensable pillar of democracy.
 
     In this regard, I want to assure you that as long as I am chief executive
 of NTV, there will be no management interference with the editorial
 independence of our news team and commentators.  Moreover, I have said
 repeatedly that if I become aware of any interference from the Kremlin, I will
 resign.  I do not know any way to make my commitment to freedom of the press
 more explicit.
 
     Beyond my personal assurance, however, I urge you and the international
 journalist community to view our broadcasts for yourselves: you will see that
 our programs contain vigorous news reporting and analysis with no lack of
 critical commentary on government policies and actions.
 
     The action by NTV's shareholders to bring in new management at the station
 was necessary to save this network that had been brought to the brink of
 financial disintegration by the fiscal dereliction and peculation of the prior
 management under Vladimir Gusinsky.  Among other things, you should be aware
 that all of the reporters who were a part of NTV's Chechnya team have remained
 a core part of NTV through the change in management and continue to be
 dedicated to the very highest standards of journalistic integrity.
 
     We would very much welcome a continuing dialogue with you and the members
 of the National Press Club and I look forward to an opportunity to meet with
 you and the members when I am next in Washington.
 
      Sincerely,
 
      Boris Jordan
      General Director
 
 SOURCE  NTV