Deafening Silence: Western Media Silent on Ukraine’s Russian Information Company Raid

Russia’s International Ministry rapidly condemned the raids on RIA Novosti’s amenities in Ukraine, and the detention of Mr. Vyshinsky, with Russian Deputy International Minister Grigory Karasin telling reporters at present that Moscow has despatched “two notes of protest” to Kiev over the matter.

“He was detained as a Ukrainian citizen. The [Russian] embassy is in contact with the related Ukrainian authorities. We all know that the detained journalist was transferred to Kherson, and our consul in Odessa has the related mandate. We are going to work to make clear the state of affairs and hold you posted,” the deputy Russian FM advised reporters at present.

READ MORE: Moscow Sent 2 Notes of Protest to Kiev Over Situation Around Russian Journalists

When requested a query about Kiev’s actions, throughout a press briefing on Tuesday, US State Division Spokesperson Heather Nauert mentioned it needs to be performed “in accordance with the legislation” however supported Kiev in defending itself towards “Russian propaganda.”

“The arrests of journalists or searches taken of media shops, if that’s performed, it has to be performed in accordance with the legislation. It’s one thing that features worldwide human rights legislation. We take these actions significantly. We hope that the federal government takes these actions very significantly. We perceive that Ukraine, like a whole lot of different nations, has been involved about intense propaganda,” the spokeswoman said on Might 15.

“Goodness, once we speak with a whole lot of our allies and companions abroad, they actually have fallen sufferer and perceive the affect and the attain of Russian propaganda. So we do perceive Ukraine’s issues about that.”

Though the SBU’s operation and subsequent detention of journalist Kirill Vyshinsky have acquired some protection in international information, the mainstream media in the west has opted to fully ignore the event, which is an alarming act of aggression and censorship towards a information company.

The western mainstream media’s response to Mr. Vyshinsky’s detention starkly contrasts to its earlier response to comparable instances of obvious censorship or mistreatment of journalists from non-Russian information companies.

The arrest of three Al Jazeera journalists in late December 2013 and their subsequent detention by Egypt sparked international media uproar. Within the case of RIA Novosti, the mainstream media has not solely not defended the journalists’ proper to report and disseminate data or criticized their mistreatment, however have did not cowl the story and convey it to their readers’ consideration.   

Though the MSM is silent, many have taken to social media platforms, utilizing #TruthNotTreason to categorical their help for the journalists and strain the Ukrainian authorities into releasing Mr. Vyshinsky.

Anthony Bellanger, the deputy common secretary of the Worldwide Federation of Journalists (IFJ), known as on Kiev to “instantly launch” the detained RIA Novosti journalist, in an interview with Sputnik France

“The Worldwide Federation of Journalists helps the Russian Union of Journalists, which is a member of our group. Yesterday, in my capability as common secretary of the Worldwide Federation of Journalists, I known as on Ukrainian authorities to instantly launch our Russian colleague,”Mr. Bellanger advised Sputnik at present.

“Freedom of the press is assured by Article of 34 of the Ukrainian Structure, and Article 10 of the European Conference for the Safety of Human Rights and Basic Freedoms. It’s inadmissible, in a democratic nation, to imprison journalists who’re fulfilling their skilled obligation to inform the general public,” he added. 

READ MORE: SBU Conducts Searches in RIA Novosti Ukraine Offices, Detains Journalists

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