OHCHR / RUSSIA GAZETA REAX

05-Sep-2022 00:01:17
UN Human Rights Office is “deeply concerned by the court’s decision in Moscow to revoke the license of Novaya Gazeta, a respected national newspaper whose editor-in-chief received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize,” said an OHCHR Spokesperson. OHCHR
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STORY: OHCHR / RUSSIA GAZETA REAX
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SOURCE: OHCHR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 SEPTEMBER 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1.SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office:
“We are deeply concerned by the court’s decision in Moscow to revoke the license of Novaya Gazeta, a respected national newspaper whose editor-in-chief received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The court found that the newspaper had repeatedly failed to abide by foreign agent legislation requirements. We have repeatedly expressed our concern about the foreign agent law and its chilling effect on the free exercise of civil and political rights. We note that it has often been invoked in a manner inconsistent with human rights law to limit or deny the exercise of the rights to free expression, peaceful assembly and association, among others. The judgment against Novaya Gazeta is yet another blow to the independence of Russian media whose activities have been further compromised by legal restrictions and increased State controls imposed following the Russian Federation’s attack on Ukraine. We recall that any admissible restriction to the right to freedom of opinion and expression must conform to the strict tests of necessity and proportionality. Russian authorities should refrain from applying measures which stifle reporting on serious issues of legitimate public interest and allow debate of diverse and plural voices, in the media, in line with international standards.”
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UN Human Rights Office is “deeply concerned by the court’s decision in Moscow to revoke the license of Novaya Gazeta, a respected national newspaper whose editor-in-chief received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize,” said a OHCHR Spokesperson.

Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office said today (05 Sep), “the court found that the newspaper had repeatedly failed to abide by foreign agent legislation requirements.”

She continued, “we have repeatedly expressed our concern about the foreign agent law and its chilling effect on the free exercise of civil and political rights. We note that it has often been invoked in a manner inconsistent with human rights law to limit or deny the exercise of the rights to free expression, peaceful assembly and association, among others.”

Shamdasani also said, “the judgment against Novaya Gazeta is yet another blow to the independence of Russian media whose activities have been further compromised by legal restrictions and increased State controls imposed following the Russian Federation’s attack on Ukraine.”

She added, “we recall that any admissible restriction to the right to freedom of opinion and expression must conform to the strict tests of necessity and proportionality. Russian authorities should refrain from applying measures which stifle reporting on serious issues of legitimate public interest and allow debate of diverse and plural voices, in the media, in line with international standards.”
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