Russian Human Rights Council turns to CoE, OSCE over journalist insecurity in Ukraine
MOSCOW, June 1 (RAPSI) - Russia’s Presidential Council on Human Rights has appealed to the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) over insecurity of journalists in Ukraine, according to the statement published on the Russian advisory body’s website.
The Human Rights Council has sent a letter to the Council of Europe Commissioner Dunja Mijatović and OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media Harlem Desir asking them to pull out all the stops to exert influence on Ukrainian authorities in order to normalize the climate for journalists’ work in the country, the statement reads.
Russia’s advisory body has expressed concern over Ukraine’s provocation involving journalist Arcady Babchenko. According to human rights advocates, such actions could undermine public confidence in media. Attempts to exploit people’s feelings by presenting the mankind with a fake tragedy are immoral, Russian human rights advocates stated.
On May 29, it was reported that prominent Russian journalist Arcady Babchenko was shot in Kiev and died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. On May 30, Ukrainian authorities announced that Babchenko is alive and the alleged murder was a false flag operation orchestrated by the country’s Security Service.