The award was timed to coincide with the Day of the Russian Press, which was celebrated on January 13th.

The Deputy Minister congratulated the journalists and said that their talent, objectivity and impartiality, courage and selfless devotion to the profession "depends on how society perceives what is happening."

“It is you who have to be in the thick of the main events of the special military operation, side by side with our servicemen.

Professionally cover the most important and complex topics that concern our society.

All this is your daily work, in which personal responsibility for the completeness and objectivity of information is the main component of your profession, ”Pankov emphasized.

During the reception, Pankov presented departmental medals of the Ministry of Defense.

In particular, the medals “For Strengthening the Military Commonwealth” were received by Channel One operators Sergey Kuznetsov and Nikita Sevastyanov, Rossiya 1 Stanislav Elovsky, REN TV Andrey Makarenko, RT Alexander Zhukov and Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Ilya Pitalev.