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Moscow Slams ‘Discriminatory’ Treatment of Its Journalists in Moldova

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The Russian Foreign Ministry called the ban on a team of Russian journalists from visiting Moldova a "blatant violation of basic freedom of speech."

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned "openly discriminatory" treatment of Russian mass media in Moldova after a team of Russian journalists was banned from visiting the country for no reason earlier Monday.

"The openly discriminatory treatment of Russian mass media by Moldovan authorities is a blatant violation of basic freedom of speech and yet another step in the deliberate campaign to eliminate alternative sources of information from the media space," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said that more and more Russian citizens, including political scientists and reporters, are being denied entry into Moldova "under false pretexts."

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"We hope that Chisinau realizes the consequences of such actions for the Russian-Moldovan relations," the statement reads.

On March 18, Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Director General Dmitry Kiselev and fellow Russian journalist Andrei Kondrashov received 5-year entry bans from Moldovan authorities.

The Russian Foreign Ministry then called on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to evaluate Moldova's refusal to allow Russian journalists into the country.

Also in March, a Russian TV crew that planned to cover local elections in one of Moldova's regions were deported from the country.

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