Next year in Tehran?

At the international newspaper editors’ and publishers’ confabs in Moscow — yes, Moscow — World Association of Newspapers President Gavin O’Reilly gave what the Guardian’s blog said was a powerful speech demanding press freedom in Russia. But the blog also reports that when Putin arrived after the end of the session at which he was to speak, “such was his presence that he prompted a gasp from the audience and a spontaneous standing ovation when he took to the stage.”