Dunja Mijatović: "Labeling journalists as terrorists because of their critical voices and critical reporting cannot be justified"

posted 16 Jul 2016, 09:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Jul 2016, 09:22 ]
“Publishing this list could put the journalists at risk and jeopardize their safety. It’s the government’s responsibility to ensure journalists’ safety; it should not put them in harm’s way based on state prosecutors’ suspicions under an anti-extremism law. I call on the relevant authorities to take down the list with the names of the journalists and review the policy which puts those exercising their freedom of expression in danger. Labeling journalists as terrorists because of their critical voices and critical reporting cannot be justified.”

- Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the MediaAs OSCE reports, on 12 July, the Federal Financial Monitoring Service, tasked with monitoring legal entities’ and individuals’ compliance with Russia's terrorist and extremist financing legislation, published a searchable list of some six thousand individuals on its website. Previously held confidential, the list includes Crimean journalists Nikolay Semena from the Krym-realii online media, and Anna Andrievskaya from the Centre for Journalistic Investigations.
Photo: OSCE

Source:
'Russia’s labeling of journalists as terrorists a threat to media freedom, OSCE Representative says,' OSCE, 12 July 2016
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