Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of a democratic society. Journalists should not fear persecution, said in a written statement the foreign service of the EU, issued in connection with the sentence of the Pskov journalist Svetlana Prokopieva in the form of a fine of 500 thousand rubles for public justification of terrorism.
“She was ordered to pay a significant fine, which we feel is unjustified”, — emphasized in the document of the EU. “We hope that Russia will fulfill its internal and external obligations, providing journalists the opportunity to work in safety without fear of persecution,” it said in a statement.
it is also indicated that the EU intends to protect freedom of speech within its borders and around the world.
Recall that 2-nd Western district military court at the meeting issued a verdict in the case of the Pskov journalist Svetlana Prokopieva, accused of justifying terrorism because of the analytical material about the causes of the terrorist attack at the entrance to the building of the FSB Department in Arkhangelsk. The court found it proven guilty and awarded 500 thousand rubles fine. The court also ruled to confiscate the laptop of a journalist in favor of the state. The lawyers intend to appeal the verdict.
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