At OSCE Event "Free Media as a Basis for European Security", MIP Calls for Releasing Ukrainian Journalists Imprisoned on Political Grounds
On November 2-3, the OSCE event, “Free Media as a Basis for European Security”, was held in Vienna, Austria, attended by Artem Bidenko, State Secretary of the Ministry of Information Policy.
On the first day of the event, Bidenko noted in his speech that Ukraine was adamant in its support of freedom of speech and media.
“We are the country where human and media rights and freedoms are paramount. In this respect, we look up to the leading countries by amending laws and monitoring every case regarding violation of the rights of media workers.
“We are concerned about our Crimean peninsula, a territory that needs citizens’ freedoms monitoring. Russia pretends that everyone lives happily in Crimea, that a lot of national media work there, but this is wrong,” said Bidenko.
During the event, MIP invited the OSCE Monitoring Mission to Crimea to monitor citizens’ freedoms.
On the second day of the event, when the issue of the role of mass media during conflicts was raised, the State Secretary pointed out the matters of journalists’ security.
“In the course of the conflict, Ukraine faces situations where journalists, in particular, become political prisoners. Famous Ukrainian journalists and patriots such as Roman Sushchenko, Mykola Semena and other prisoners are held in captivity.”
Bidenko called upon the representatives of countries present at the event to exert diplomatic pressure on the aggressor State in order to release media workers.
During the event, representatives of the U.S., Canada, and the EU stated they will never recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
It should be recalled that the OSCE event congregated participants from 57 countries.
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