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OSCE is concerned about searches at RIA-News Ukraine
10:12, 16 May 2018

OSCE is concerned about searches at RIA-News Ukraine

It was reported that the transfer of mass media head Vyshynsky to Kherson takes place

10:12, 16 May 2018

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Harlem Desir, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media has expressed the concern about the searches at the office of Ria News-Ukraine as the OSCE press service reported.

'I express serious concern about this morning’s raid on Russian media offices in Kyiv, the arrest of journalists, and the search of journalists’ homes. I reiterate my call on the authorities to refrain from imposing unnecessary limitations on the work of foreign journalists, which affects the free flow of information and freedom of the media', the message said.

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He has emphasized that the fight against propaganda should not contradict the international standards and should not represent the disproportionate interference in the mass media activity.

As we reported the workers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has exposed the network of the media entities controlled by the Russian Federation. The law enforcement bodies held the investigative actions at the office of RIA News-Ukraine.

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On May 15, the SBU considered the detention of the head of RIA News Ukraine agency’s office.

Kremlin has already responded to the incident and called the actions of the SBU outrageous. Also, Russia promised to assume reciprocal measures. Then, the state sent a protest note over searches at the mass media office.

Related: OHCHR records restrictions of freedom of speech, media in Ukraine

Later it was reported that the actions of Vyshynsky were preliminarily qualified as the state treason. The same day the SBU reported that Kyrylo Vyshynsky is now officially suspected of state treason. 

On May 16, the advocates of Vyshynsky claimed that their client is transferred to Kherson for choosing of the restrictive measure.

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