01:48 GMT25 September 2020
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    OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic has been turning a blind eye on professional bans imposed on Russian journalists.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic has been turning a blind eye on professional bans imposed on Russian journalists in several OSCE member states for political reasons, Russian permanent envoy to the organization said Monday.

    “[Mijatovic’s] public statements indicate that in fact the problems associated with the gaining momentum trend of banning Russian journalists from professional work in many member states is ignored due to a number of factors, including political ones,” Alexander Lukashevich said, speaking on the Rossiya-24 television channel.

    According to Lukashevich, the OSCE media freedom representative is "lagging behind the processes that take place in the member states."

    "We have a critical attitude to how Mijatovic works," the Russsian envoy added.

    Since 2014, Russia’s relations with the West have deteriorated over Crimea’s joining Russia and the Ukraine crisis. The Baltic states have taken a harsh stance toward Russian media.

    In September, the Estonian border agency denied entry to Rossiya Segodnya’s Multimedia Programs Director Marina Perekrуstova. Earlier this year, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite announced amendments to the country's media law to counter what it deemed as Russian propaganda.

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    ban, journalists, OSCE, Dunja Mijatović, Alexander Lukashevich, Russia
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