Kiselyov: a police officer shot and killed the producer of Sputnik in the United States
A policeman, injured on Tuesday in Washington a producer Sputnik Nicole Russell, who was covering protests at the White house, shot her to kill, told RIA Novosti the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, called to investigate each case of lawlessness on the part of the American authorities against the representatives of the press.
"Producer Sputnik Nicole Russell told how it was with her: police sighting shot in her defeat, after she showed him the press card and shouted that she was press, after it, removing the riots at the White house, fell and got up. Still shot. Even the rule "lying is not beaten" is not valid for the American police. Of course, he will remain unpunished, and again fired at the journalist. We were lucky that Nicole is alive, a rubber bullet to defeat close range and can kill," – said Kiselev.
He also stated that he believes this unacceptable behavior of police in USA purposeful intimidation of journalists, Recalling the attack by the guards on Sunday, another journalist of the Agency.
"The horror is that it is not an accident. Nicole is our second journalist, victim of police assault in a street war. On Sunday, the correspondent of RIA Novosti, Mikhail Turgiev, who covered the riots in Minneapolis, the police deliberately sprayed pepper gas in the face. Next to him was a colleague from the American channel VICE, which is the same as Michael, showed a press card and shouting "I'm press!". Both received a stream of gas. American police intimidate journalists so they are not talked about things happening on the streets of American cities," - said the General Director MIA "Russia today".
In this regard, he appealed for support to his colleagues and called for the investigation of illegal actions of American police against journalists.
"We call for journalistic solidarity among all colleagues. And to investigate each such case," - said Kiselev.
Earlier Tuesday, the chief editor MIA "Russia today" Margarita Simonyan said that the Agency will consider to sue the city in connection with the attacks by police on journalists RIA Novosti and Sputnik.
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.