The parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has supported a resolution entitled «Attacks on journalists and media freedom in Europe», the author of the project which is a Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Ariev.
In her support on Tuesday 24 January voted 110 members, 15 against, and 9 abstained, reports «European true».
The document calls on the Russian authorities to release the film Director Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, arrested on suspicion of espionage, and to withdraw the accusations against the Crimean journalists, accused of «separatism» because of the mention of the illegal annexation of Crimea.
The document also contains criticism and recommendations to the authorities of Turkey, Hungary, Georgia, Poland, Greece, and notes that in Belarus there is practically no freedom of speech.
During the discussion of the resolution from representatives of the Armenian delegation sounded the accusations against Aryans because of the criticism concerning the Armenian-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and because of the lack of key critical remarks about Azerbaijan.
Following the discussion, the document added requirements and additional claims against Azerbaijan. At the same time, the PACE did not support the proposal of the Armenian MPs regarding the mitigation wording in respect of the territories controlled by Yerevan.
Also, the Assembly reduced the number of wordings of the instrument of pressure on media in Georgia, however, made stronger language regarding Poland.
The adopted document contains no claims against Ukraine, and noted the reforms in the media sphere.
As reported yesterday, January 23, the head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, MP from the faction «Block of Petro Poroshenko» Vladimir Aryev was re-elected President of the Committee on culture, science, education and media parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
We will remind, on January 23, PACE Deputy from Lithuania Emanuelis Zingeris at the meeting of the Assembly devoted to the abduction and torture of people in Crimea, said that the representatives of the member States of the EU expect from Ukraine the presentation of the new sanctions list to expand restrictions against the Russians and residents of the annexed Crimea, involved in the persecution of the Crimean Tatars.
The representative of the Crimean delegation, the head of the Crimean human rights group Olga Skrypnik , in turn, said that such a list is ready and will soon be submitted to the MFA.
PACE adopted a resolution Aryans on the protection of journalists 25.01.2017