the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova said to my Estonian colleague, the Chancellor of the right Ulle Madise — with the request to assist in ensuring press freedom and journalists ‘ rights portal Sputnik Estonia on the security and favorable working conditions.
the first Sputnik received from the leadership of the Estonian police and border guard threats of excitation against them criminal cases, if until January 1, 2020, they won’t stop labour relations with the parent organization — the MIA “Russia today”.
Justified these actions by EU sanctions imposed against a number of legal and physical persons in Russia in light of events in Ukraine. Chief editor MIA “Russia today” and RT Margarita Simonyan called on the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid to prevent the arrest of journalists.
To the Russian Ombudsman appealed to the Executive Director of MIA “Russia today” Kirill Vyshinsky, reports RIA Novosti. According to Tatyana Moskalkova, the situation with employees of the MIA “Russia today” in Estonia is a cause for concern. She expects that in accordance with international standards of freedom of speech, the Estonian authorities should not only ensure the safety of journalists, but also to release them from the pressure and harassment for their professional activities.
the persecution of the Russian news Agency Sputnik in Estonia, whose authorities wrongly threatened with criminal cases journalists are British curators. This was told in the foreign Ministry. Official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova joined the protests in support of journalists “Satellite” and held a briefing in the signature vest of the Agency, the attack on which it is called bullying.
According to a senior source in Moscow, the information about the involvement of British curators to the actions of the Estonian authorities will be considered for adoption in the nearest timemja symmetric measures against the British media in Russia.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia will do everything to support Sputnik when working in other States. Earlier the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir called the Estonian authorities “to refrain from unnecessary restrictions of the foreign media,” noting that it could negatively affect freedom of expression.