Watch: Survival Guide to Authoritarianism. Episode 3.

Authoritarians – even the democratically elected ones – love to blame the media for pointing out their lies, corruption or whatever else they were hoping to keep secret. This is nothing new.

Friends of authoritarians use money they get from their government connections to buy summer houses and go on luxury vacations. But they also use this money for something else: buying up independent national media outlets.

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