The OSCE representative reported on the action if you are discriminated against Sputnik
The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir, the report on the activities of his office were told about the cases of discrimination against journalists, the Agency Sputnik that required his response.
Report on the activities of the office for the period from November 21, 2019 July 2, 2020 And presented at the OSCE permanent Council.
Desir reacted to the situation with journalists Sputnik Estonia, which received from the police, threats of excitation against them criminal cases if they before 1 January will not stop labour relations with the parent organization. 20 December 2019 Desir wrote a letter to the Estonian authorities, and on 21 December expressed concern over the situation and urged the authorities to refrain from unnecessary restrictions of the foreign media.
However, according to Desir, 27 December he received a reply from the authorities of Estonia, according to which they do not block the content of the Agency, and we are talking about the implementation of EU sanctions, including sanctions against Director General MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev.
Employees Sputnik Estonia received from the leadership of the police and border guard Board direct threats of excitation against them criminal cases. As justification for these actions was called the sanctions imposed by the European Union in 2014 in the light of events in Ukraine. However, the EU sanctions introduced against MIA "Russia today", which includes the Sputnik, and personally against the CEO of the Agency Dmitry Kiselev. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, commenting on the situation, said that the Russian authorities will do everything to support Sputnik when working in other countries.
In a statement on March 1, Desir condemned the detention and interrogation of journalists Sputnik in Ankara and Istanbul.
The incident occurred on February 29. Unknown shouted threats, broke into the apartment of the Turkish employees Sputnik. Journalists were threatened with physical violence, demanded an end to the professional activity. Agency staff was taken to the Palace of justice in Ankara. After questioning all were released the Prosecutor's office found in their actions of structure of a crime. March 1, police came to the Sputnik office in Istanbul and demanded a meeting with management. Later it became known about detention of the chief editor of Sputnik Turkey Mahir Boztepe. Then he was released. The release of all the journalists came shortly after a telephone conversation, the foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. Lavrov said about the need for a speedy resolution of the situation around journalists Sputnik Turkey and ensure their safety.
As noted by Desir, June 4, he received a letter from a member of the Federation Council, Alexei Pushkov, expressing concern about violence by the American police against journalists Michael Turgiev from RIA Novosti and Nicole Russell of Sputnik. 1 Jun Desir issued a statement in which he expressed concern about the violence and urged the U.S. government to provide safe work of journalists covering the protests.
The RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Turgiev covering the protests in Minneapolis, may 31, were attacked by the police - he was sprayed in the face with pepper spray after he produced a press card and identified himself as the employee of the press. Producer Sputnik Nicole Russell was injured on June 1 in the light of protests in Washington. Despite the fact that the journalist has repeated several times that she is a member of the press, and showed hanging around her neck, a press card, police shot her with rubber bullets.
The situation with the Russian media in the West in recent years is becoming increasingly difficult. In November 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, which refers to the need to counter the Russian media, with the main threats in the document named Sputnik and RT. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, commenting on the adoption of this resolution, congratulated the journalists of RT and Sputnik with productive work. However, he noted that this document is apparent degradation of the conception of democracy in Western society. According to Putin, he is counting on a triumph of common sense and hopes that the real limitations for the Russian media will not.