The numerous violations of journalists’ rights in the Baltic countries are alarming. On December 3, 2020, the State Security Service of Latvia detained 7 employees of Sputnik Latvia and Baltnews. We regard these aggressive actions as a blatant example of violating the foundations of a democratic society – freedom of the media and freedom of expression.
Russia has consistently and firmly upheld the fundamental principles in the field of freedom of expression, including freedom of the media and free access to information. Meanwhile, the main tendency in the West is to strengthen regulation and to remove the sources of information representing an alternative point of view. the restriction of the rights of journalists is becoming more and more widespread, and individual countries have created real state mechanisms of pressure on “unwanted” media representatives. Russia strongly opposes such practices and insists on strict adherence to the universal principles of freedom of the media.