Denis Krivosheev: "The Russian authorities are targeting one of the most popular messaging apps in Russia simply for having the courage and integrity to respect the privacy of its users"

posted 15 Apr 2018, 05:09 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Apr 2018, 05:17 ]
“By attempting to block the Telegram messaging app, the Russian authorities are launching the latest in a series of attacks on online freedom of expression in the country. 
In recent years the Russian authorities have steadily targeted the country’s few remaining spaces for freedom of expression. They have blocked news sites that criticize them, imposed draconian data storage rules and declared media outlets registered outside Russia as ‘foreign agents’. Now they are targeting one of the most popular messaging apps in Russia simply for having the courage and integrity to respect the privacy of its users. The court deciding on this case tomorrow must similarly show respect for freedom of expression and not pander to the repressive demands of the government.”

    - Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Source: 'Russia: Move to block Telegram the latest blow in government assault on freedom of expression online,' Amnesty International, 12 April 2018

NB on 13 April 2018, a Moscow court approved a request by Roskomnadzor to block the Telegram messaging app immediately. (source: BBC)
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