The Anonymous international “hacktivist” network gave an ultimatum to the UK at its “official” website on April 12, demanding that the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be released.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir addressed a letter to the Latvian authorities on January 5 urging them to revise their decision to deport Russian journalists Olga and Anatoly Kurlaev, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.
For Ukraine, 2017 was a year of persecutions against journalists. They were not simply barred from publishing or fired in mass, but they were also accused of committing crimes punishable with prison terms, a resident correspondent of the Rossa Primavera Information Agency reports.
Kiev’s bans of television channels broadcasting in Russian violate the international human rights law on access to information, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye said in an interview on December 22, RIA Novosti reports.
Blocking access to popular Russian social media networks, such as VK (formerly VKontakte) and Odnoklassniki in Ukraine is a matter of state security and not only freedom of speech, as the NATO Press Office commented on the latest initiative of Kiev on May 16, TASS News Agency reported.
According to President Poroshenko’s decree and the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, all public access to Russian social media platforms, news outlets, and a major search engine which are widely used in Ukraine, is banned.
In addition, the decree also orders a block on public access to the Russian Mail.Ru service and the Yandex search engine.