MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution on countering Russian media outlets, such as the Sputnik news agency and the RT broadcaster. As many as 304 voted in favor the document, 179 voted against and 208 abstained. With a total of 691 officials taking part in the vote, less than half supported the resolution.
"This resolution is an attempt to curtail the freedom of media. For FENAJ, which protects professional journalists, this resolution represents an attack against media workers. Journalists become terrorists when media outlets are equated with terrorist organizations," Braga said.
According to Braga, such phrasing is unacceptable.
"We believe that all organizations in the world which specialize in protection of journalists should express their position on this issue," she added.
Sputnik responded to adoption of the resolution by calling the move a direct violation of media freedom and human rights, while Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the matter by pointing out that the document indicates a degradation of democracy in the West. Praising Sputnik and RT for their work, the president expressed hope that real media restrictions would not follow.