The committee of citizens of Ukraine expresses concern in occasion of illegal suppression by workers of militia of peace procession of active workers of “the Democratic alliance” in the city of Kharkov on which authorities have been in advance notified in precise conformity with the current legislation. The additional concern in this context causes also illegal withdrawal by officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine made by participants of a march of videorecordings on whom excesses of workers of law enforcement bodies on seat of the specified events have been fixed.
The International Committee of the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights is extremely concerned by the fact that shortly after the purchase of Russian-speaking segment of the Russian businessmen popular blog service livejournal.com a dramatic escalation of blocking access to this service for clients of the service, who hold political views, unwanted Russian government.
The International Committee of the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights, see the statements of Russian journalist Anastasia Izyumskaya about her dismissal from the “Russian news service”, which is published in today’s issue of “Novaya Gazeta”, said that the facts set out there is clearly evidence of very heavy situation prevailing in Russia today with respect to press freedom.
International Committee of the protection of freedom and civil society expresses its concern at the prevailing these days in Estonia riots. International Committee for the Protection of freedom and civil society causes of these events finds systematic efforts by the Russian secret services, who for many years were deliberately aimed at destabilizing the situation in the Baltic countries, formerly part of the Soviet Union. As a tool to incite tension totalitarian revenge-seekers who do not wish to accept the loss of the Baltic territories, using a variety of legal organizations of Russian-speaking minority, funded and led by the due eastern border.
The International Committee of the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights expresses its deep concern about the facts of the systematic harassment of journalists by the Russian authorities. The International Committee for the Protection of the free press and rights of journalists regard this peculiar to totalitarian regimes, the dangerous trend of misunderstanding by the Russian authorities the vital importance of freedom of speech as one of the cornerstones of democracy and open society.