The OSCE and the Council of Europe has stood up for the journalists detained during the pickets in Moscow

demanding the release of detainees pickets in Moscow, activists made by the representative of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on freedom of the media Harlem Desir.

Alarmed by detention of several journalists, in particular Sergey Smirnov @mediazzzona, Tatyana Felgengauer @t_felg and Aleksandr Plyushchev @echomskru, in Moscow, #Russia, picketing in solidarity with their colleague Ilia Azar @novaya_gazeta. I call for their immediate release.

— OSCE media freedom (@OSCE_RFoM) May 28, 2020

“We are troubled by the detention of several journalists in Moscow. In particular, the detention of Sergei Smirnov, Tatyana Felgengauer and Aleksandr PLYUSHCHEV,” wrote Desir and called for their immediate release. The release of the journalists also urged the Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights Dunja Mijatovic.

deeply disturbed by the arrest of Ilya Azar @A3AP and today’s detention of six journalists during carrying out of pickets. #COVID19 should not be used as an excuse to suppress freedom of expression.
I Urge the Russian authorities to release them immediately.

— Commissioner for Human Rights (@CommissionerHR) May 28, 2020

we will Remind, the Moscow police detained eight participants of pickets in support of journalist Ilya Azar. On the eve of hazard was arrested for 15 days for holding pickets.

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