John Dalhuisen (Amnesty International): "This decree is a blatant attack on freedom of expression"

posted 29 May 2015, 03:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 May 2015, 03:39 ]
“Not only is this decree a blatant attack on freedom of expression, it also has sinister undertones that will intensify speculation President Putin has something to hide – specifically losses incurred by Russia’s military in Ukraine. The move also increases fears for the safety of Russian media workers and civil society activists who have already faced harassment for trying to independently cover the conflict in Ukraine/ [...] This new decree raises some disturbing questions, such as whether journalists and civil society activists reporting on alleged losses in Ukraine in future might be criminally prosecuted for treason.”

- John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Director, on a new decree signed on 28 May 2015 by President Vladimir Putin that makes the deaths of Russian forces “in peacetime” a state secret.

Source: 'Russia: Making troop deaths a secret ‘attacks freedom of expression’, Amnesty International, 28 May 2015