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    MINISTER THINKS LOW OF JOURNALISTS WRITING ON CULTURE

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    MOSCOW, APRIL 6. (RIA Novosti) -- A long-term programme, not headlong moves, is needed to up the level of journalists writing on culture, Russian Minister of Culture and Mass Communications Alexander Sokolov told a RIA Novosti press conference on Tuesday.

    In explanation of his utterances on the low level of music critics, Sokolov, who earlier headed the Moscow Conservatory, said that he meant the irresponsibility of people writing "any-old-how about things of great subtlety".

    "Later I understood that I was not quite objective about music critics because journalists in other spheres are not much better", Sokolov said.

    It is not a rash "literacy drive", but long-term initiatives that are needed here, he stressed.

    "It is a matter of high-school education", the minister believes.

    In his opinion, radio and television journalism is now better off as regards technical specialists, rather than journalists.

    "It is a matter of a quiet discussion", Alexander Sokolov said.

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