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    OSCE Calls on Moldova to Stop Hindering Work of Russian Reporters

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    OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic called on Moldovan authorities on Saturday to stop hindering work of Russian journalists in the country.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) – On Thursday, crews from three Russian TV channels, namely the All-Russian Television and Radio Network (VGTRK), Life News and REN TV, who were set to cover the ongoing protests in Chisinau, were denied entry to Moldova.

    On Friday, Chisinau airport border authorities denied entry to a Czech radio employee and RIA Novosti journalist, citing a "directive" to act in what Moscow described an "openly discriminatory" manner.

    "I call on the Moldovan authorities to reconsider the use of restrictive and selective measures in relation to media outlets affected by the entry ban and to allow all journalists to pursue their professional activities unhindered," Mijatovic said.

    The appeal comes a day after the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned Chisinau of its policy to restrict free media by sanctioning journalists.

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