VIENNA, April 29./TASS/. Discrimination against Russian media continues in some Western countries that like to speculate about freedom of speech, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday at an online meeting of the organization’s Permanent Council ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
"Discrimination against Russian media continues in certain Western states that on the one hand like it so much to speculate about priorities of freedom of speech, while on the other hand - they easily violate this principle for the sake of their timeserving interests," the Russian diplomat said.
As an example, he mentioned the episode in which on February 26, the German Commerzbank notified about closure of the accounts of Russia Today in Germany and Ruptly from May 31. "The absence of substantiation for this move from the bank is an evidence that this is clearly a special-order political case. The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Berlin to influence the situation. However, the matter remains unsettled," Lukashevich said.
Polish authorities are also zealous in this respect, he went on to say. On March 16, they "banned VGTRK correspondent Yevgeny Reshetnev from entering the country for five years and the Schengen zone - for three years," the envoy said.
The situation facing Russian media outlets is also difficult in France, "where journalists of Russia Today and Sputnik are still deprived of a possibility to carry out their professional activity in full," the diplomat added.
He also voiced concerns over preventing readers from accessing Russian-language content on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. -0—zhe
World Press Freedom Day is marked on May 3. It was established by the UN General Assembly in 1993.