The United States is violating the rights of journalists and its own Constitution, the foreign Ministry said
U.S. authorities in the case of police actions against journalists, including the correspondent of RIA Novosti news Agency covering the protests in the country, violation of the legitimate rights of reporters - not only international law but also its own Constitution, said Monday the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Earlier it was reported that the Minneapolis police deliberately fired tear spray against journalists - the crew of the TV channel VICE and RIA Novosti, Mikhail Turgiev after the dispersal of the protest action. MIA "Russia today" demanded from the authorities of the United States investigate the actions of the police.
"What we saw, and in particular I'm talking about the Russian journalist, though why we should separate Russian journalists from abroad - what is happening now in the United States against all journalists is not only a violation of their legitimate rights. It is in principle a violation of both domestic American law, the American Constitution and all the fundamental international legal instruments," - said Zakharov on the TV channel "Russia 24".
The cities of the U.S., a wave of protests and unrest after the death in Minneapolis at the hands of police of African-American George Floyd. In the Internet appeared the video, which police put the handcuffs Floyd, knocked him down and piled on top of him, the three of us, and one of them stepped on his knee on the neck. Floyd on video several times says that he can not breathe, then fades. He died in intensive care. After the riots, fired four police officers and one of them was accused of murder by negligence. In several cities in the United States in connection with the protests was imposed a curfew during the riots from the rubber bullets and tear gas affected not only the protestors but also media representatives.
The Russian foreign Ministry earlier described the incident as a manifestation of Tuleevym unnecessary cruelty, and the Governor of Minnesota Tim now apologized to journalists who had been detained or attacked the police in the night on Sunday. Embassy of the Russian Federation, in turn, sent a note to the state Department.
The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir called for the US authorities to provide safe work of journalists covering the protests. The official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric, commenting on the incident, said that "all these cases should be investigated". In addition, the American non-governmental organization "Foundation for freedom of the press" (Freedom of the Press Foundation) included the incident with RIA Novosti journalist during protests in Minneapolis in its database and will report further details about the case.