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New York’s CPJ urges Russia to release Journalists

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Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was asked about the Indian journalists and former UN diplomat being booked on sedition charges.Shashi Tharoor was formerly Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and contested for the post of Secretary-General in 2006.

New York [US], February 3: The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged Russia to release journalists detained during the January 23 and January 31 unauthorized protests.

“Russian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all journalists detained during recent protests, and allow members of the press to cover political demonstrations without fear,” the CPJ said in a statement.

While in India , many journalists have been booked while they were reporting on the violence on January 26 in New Delhi during farmers’ tractor rally. Following the violence on January 26 in New Delhi, the Noida police booked Tharoor, journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pande, Vinod K Jose (Caravan) and others for sedition .

“Russian authorities should stop punishing journalists who are doing their jobs, and immediately drop all charges against all media workers being targeted for their reporting on the protests of January 23 and 31. Journalists covering civil unrest should be protected by law enforcement, not detained and harassed,” Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, said.

Several Journalists had been detained at unauthorized rallies on January 31 in Russia.

Meanwhile, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was asked about the Indian journalists and former UN diplomat being booked on sedition charges.Shashi Tharoor was formerly Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and contested for the post of Secretary-General in 2006.

When asked about the filing of sedition cases against senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and several Indian journalists in India, Dujarric said: “Look, I’m not particularly familiar with that case. What I can tell you is that the freedom of expression is a fundamental universal freedom and people should be able to speak their mind and opine freely.”

An FIR lodged on January 28 stated that they were booked for tweeting and spreading fake news pertaining to the death of a farmer during the tractor rally on January 26.

The Editors Guild condemned the filing of cases on the basis of their alleged tweets asserting that they conformed to established journalistic practices.

“On the day of the protest and high action, several reports were emerging from eyewitnesses on the ground as well as from the police, and therefore it was only natural for journalists to report all the details as they emerged. This is in line with established norms of journalistic practice,” the statement explained.

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