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Russia seeks to draw UNESCO attention to Ukraine infringing journalists rights

November 03, 2015, 15:44 UTC+3 PARIS
The Russian delegation is referring to frequent incidents in which reporters are not admitted to Ukraine, are stripped of accreditation on a mass scale, and see intimidation and violence against them
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PARIS, November 3. /TASS/. Russia wants to draw UNESCO attention to the problem of infringement of Russian journalists’ rights in Ukraine, the Russian envoy to the organization said on the sidelines of the 38th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on Tuesday.

The Russian delegation wants to raise the issue at a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Eleonora Mitrofanova said, referring to "frequent incidents in which reporters are not admitted to the Ukrainian territory, are stripped of accreditation on a mass scale, as well as see intimidation and violence" against them.

Russia’s envoy said UNESCO was always reacting promptly to all cases in which journalists’ rights were abused across the globe. Back at the start of 2014, the UNESCO director general appealed to Kiev to respect the rights of reporters to cover the events, even in conditions of internal conflict.

She also expressed deep concern over the death of Russian journalists Anton Voloshin, Igor Kornelyuk, Andrey Stenin, Anatoly Klyuan as well as Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli and his interpreter Andrei Mironov.

Irina Bokova urged all sides in the Ukrainian conflict to observe the Geneva Convention and protocols to it. However, new tragic news came from Kiev in April 2015, when Ukrainian journalist and writer Oles Buzina was killed.

A report published by UNESCO on November 2 said more than 700 reporters were killed in the world in the past ten years, as victims in conflicts and in contract murders. Ukraine with 11 murders came ahead of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya in 2014, coming after Syria on the list.

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