Foreign Ministry to lift the ban on arrest of journalists in the U.S.

By | August 28, 2020
Foreign Ministry to lift the ban on arrest of journalists in the U.S.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern about the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals to lift the temporary ban on the arrest and dispersal of journalists, as well as threats against them by U.S. police officers during the protests in Portland, according to a commentary on the agency’s website.
Diplomats noted that they consider it unconvincing to say that the ban adopted at the end of July “allegedly prevents the security agencies from doing their job of maintaining order qualitatively because of the inability to distinguish civilians, in particular members of the media, from aggressive demonstrators during the riots.”
“Such a decision sets a dangerous precedent for legitimizing police violence against members of the press, which contradicts not only American law, in particular the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but also generally accepted democratic principles in the field of media freedom and unhindered activities of journalists,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Ministry reminded that as of August, more than 700 cases of unjustified detentions and aggressive use of brute force by law enforcement against the press covering protests in the United States have been registered by the relevant human rights organizations.
“Such police arbitrariness is unacceptable. We call on the U.S. authorities to ensure a thorough investigation of all wrongdoing against journalists, as well as the proper conditions for the fulfillment of their professional duties, as required by Washington’s international obligations in the field of human rights and freedom of speech,” the statement reads.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expects that the relevant international structures and human rights organizations will properly respond and give an impartial assessment of the actions of American law enforcement.
In mid-July, Sputnik radio reported that American police attacked journalists of Channel One.