Wyszynski was surprised by the response of UNESCO to the inquiry harassment Sputnik Estonia
Executive Director MIA "Russia today" Kirill Vyshinsky called the UNESCO response to the request to protect the Estonian Sputnik proof that freedom of speech in Europe is no longer considered a value for which you can fight.
On Friday 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 the Agency requests to revise discriminatory policies 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.
"Today's letter that we received from UNESCO from Mr. (assistant Director-General of UNESCO for communication and information of Moez) Chakchouka, frankly, surprised. And at some point, even outraged. The fact that we did not expect from UNESCO any acute reaction, as is well understood unitary nature of the organization and diplomacy of its representatives. But on the other hand, we never expected that after our conversation streamlined words about commitment to freedom of expression will come in our address after almost half a year after our meeting at UNESCO", — said Vyshinsky RIA Novosti.
According to him, this letter makes to think seriously about whether this is a demonstration of double standards for journalists working in the Russian media, collaborating with them, in respect of which in Europe can apply repressive measures, while the European and world diplomats will respond to treatment for this reason six months after the treatment.
"The letter that we got from UNESCO was another confirmation that, as such, freedom of speech in Europe is no longer considered a value for which to fight and defend its application against all journalists, regardless of media and country of origin of the media," said Vyshinsky.
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 n 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.