Press Freedom and Repression: Local Station Manager Has Seen Both

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 By Michael Gold

Shane McGaffey has seen two sides of press freedom – the wide-open system in America and the curtain of repression and intimidation of media outlets in Russia.

The station manager of Pleasantville Community Television (PCTV) and a former president of the Pleasantville Board of Education lived in Russia for five years, from 1995 to 2000, when he was a student at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography.