UNESCO commented on the situation with Sputnik Estonia

UNESCO in response to the appeal of the MIA "Russia today" on the situation around Sputnik Estonia stated that it will continue to support the rights of the press to receive and share information and different ideas.

In January MIA "Russia today" sent a statement on the situation around Estonia Sputnik International Federation of journalists (IFJ), UNESCO and the "Reporters without borders" (RSF). In the text of the letters signed by the Executive Director of MIA "Russia today", eks-the head of RIA news Ukraine Kirill Wyszynski stated that MIA "Russia today" by directing your request asking for a review of discriminatory policy against Sputnik Estonia and are ready to offer a proper assessment of this unprecedented violation of liberty, and asks to take measures to ensure the rights of reporters to fulfill their professional duty.

"As you know, since the creation of UNESCO is committed to promoting freedom of information and international standards developed to ensure the rights of everyone to seek, receive and impart information and different ideas, regardless of borders and communication", - said in a letter to UNESCO, signed by the assistant Secretary-General of UNESCO for communication and information, the Moez Chakchouka.

UNESCO recalled that under international law the freedom of dissemination of information may be restricted only by the need to respect the rights and reputation of others, and the need to protect national security, public order and health. The organization noted that such restrictions are legitimate only if the existence of proper law.

"Thank you for what you share with us on any further developments with Sputnik Estonia in accordance with the mandate of UNESCO," the letter reads.

At the end of 2019 the staff of Sputnik Estonia received from the leadership of the police and border guard Board direct threats of excitation against them criminal cases, if they are up to January 1 of this year will not stop labour relations with the parent organization. As justification for these actions are called sanctions imposed by the EU on 17 March 2014 against a number of individuals and legal entities in the light of events in Ukraine. However, the EU sanctions introduced against MIA "Russia today", which includes the Sputnik, and personally against the Director General of the Agency Dmitry Kiselev.

Earlier the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir, said that the desire of the authorities of Estonia to extend the personal sanctions of the EU against Director General MIA "Russia today" on the team Sputnik Estonia creates a problem in the field of media freedom. In turn, the Secretary General of the OSCE Thomas Greminger said that the obligation to ensure freedom of the media enshrined in the Helsinki act. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, commenting on the situation around Sputnik Estonia, said that the Russian authorities will do everything to support Sputnik when working in other countries.