Simonyan said about the preparation of lawsuits over attacks on journalists in the United States
Chief editor MIA "Russia today" Margarita Simonyan said that consults with lawyers about filing lawsuits in American police officers who attacked the journalists of the Agency in Minneapolis and Washington.
Police sprayed pepper gas in the face of the correspondent of RIA Novosti, Mikhail Turgiev on Sunday when he was covering the riots in Minneapolis, and on Monday at the White house in Washington fired rubber bullets at producer Sputnik Nicole Russel — in both cases the police acted deliberately, despite the fact that both were clearly presented by the journalists.
"As for the lawsuits: we now consult with lawyers, look. I'm not sure whether we will sue or not, because I have no reason to think that the American courts work any better than American police, and spend huge millions on lawyers is still necessary," said Simonyan in the program "Own truth" on the TV channel NTV.
"If we understand that we obviously these lawsuits are lost, we better these millions will save and spend it on something more useful," she explained.
The Union of journalists of Russia supported the request of the International Federation of journalists to immediately stop the attacks on media workers covering the protests in the United States. 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 with the correspondent of RIA Novosti, 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.
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. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia also called on human rights NGOs and international institutions to respond to the incident with the producer of Sputnik in the United States and has called an unfriendly step the brutality of the police against Nicole Russel. International human rights organization "Committee to protect journalists" began investigating the incident with the producer Agency Sputnik during protests in Washington.
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.