"Reporters without borders" urged Russian authorities to stop repressions against journalists
International human rights organization "Reporters without borders" strongly condemned the mass arrest of Russian journalists during anti-corruption protests on March 26. This is stated in the message of "Reporters without borders", Espreso.TV said.
"According to initial counts, between 32,000 and 93,000 people participated in demonstrations throughout the country and around 1,800 of them were reportedly arrested. According to RSF’s tally, at least 14 of those detained were journalists who had gone to cover the protests." - said in a statement.
Six journailsts were arrested in Moscow and were held for several hours at a police station. The last three were charged with participating in an unauthorized demonstration
Of these, six journalists have been detained in Moscow, three of them charged with "participating in an unauthorized rally."
Seven journalists were were arrested in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, in the Russian Caucasus, one arrested in in the southwestern city of Saratov and was sentenced the next day to four days of administrative detention for “refusing to comply with instructions from the police.”
According to the report, one correspondent in the northwestern city of Petrozavodsk, was hit by a policeman while filming a demonstrator’s arrest.
The organization points out that "This behaviour by the police contravenes Russian law and the international treaties by which Russia is bound."
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls Russian authorities to stop repressions against journalists.