The Russian delegation at the meeting of the OSCE urged Ukraine to stop the persecution of journalists

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The Russian delegation at the OSCE meeting on human rights, held in Warsaw, urged Ukraine to stop the persecution of journalists and «Stripping» of the information space.

Speaking at the meeting on Monday, the head of the analytical and project work in the field of media and mass communications, Department of state policy in the field of media Ministry digital development, communications and mass communications of Russia Kirill Ignatov drew the attention of States parties to the OSCE on «the unprecedented scale of violations of freedom of expression and persecution of the Russian and Russian-language media in Ukraine.»

«Unfortunately, not all such cases receive a proper assessment of specialized international institutions. In our opinion, the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, which grossly violate obligations in the field of freedom of expression and to provide conditions for work of journalists in respect of the employees of the Russian media, require a strong and unequivocal condemnation» — said the representative of the Russian delegation.

He also noted that «systematic and targeted restrictions against Russian and Russian-speaking media also apply to the authorities of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Moldova». «Abuse our journalists face in other countries,» — said Ignatov.

According to him, what is happening is in its essence «is not just a limitation of access of citizens of the above countries to the point of view and sources of information alternative to the official, and the deliberate persecution of representatives of the Russian Federation». Ignatov drew particular attention to how «Western States cleaned up its information space, getting rid of unwanted media from an alternative point of view, under the guise of fake news».

«Let me remind you that traditional journalism implies a pluralism of points of view. Now, however, unwanted in some authorities the opinion just announced «fake» news and under this pretext, get rid of it. It is no secret that in some Western countries, «fake» news, usually referred to as materials of the Russian media, but it is not that other, as a manipulation of public consciousness,» he said.

«We again call on Ukraine and other States-participants of the OSCE to stop the persecution of journalists and the vicious practice of «sweeps» the information space of the media, disliked by the authorities», — concluded the Russian representative.

The Russian delegation at the meeting of the OSCE urged Ukraine to stop the persecution of journalists© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policystat dissent

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