In the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia has called the blocking of the Russian Agency Sputnik in Turkey a violation of the rights and freedoms of the individual. The comment was published on the official website of the foreign Ministry.
“See this as a completely incompetent campaign and another gross violation of fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of speech and the right to access to information,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The Agency said that blocking access to the Russian Agency is a continuation of the policy of “increasing pressure of the Turkish authorities on the media and unwarranted harassment of journalists”.
The Ministry also said that the decision to block the site is contrary to the ruling of the constitutional court of Turkey, according to which it is unlawful closure of any sites prior to the court decision. Ankara has previously stated that action on the blocking of the site “taken in connection with the placement on its website information contrary to the law.”
Access to the Agency Sputnik in Turkey was limited on Thursday evening. When the user visits the website, he sees the writing on the application of administrative measures in accordance with the law 5651. We are talking about the law “On regulation of Internet broadcasting and the struggle with crimes committed in this sphere”.
The chief editor of the mission of the MIA “Russia today” in Turkey, Tura Kerimov told “RIA Novosti” that the Turkish authorities confirmed the lock. Chief editor of Sputnik-Turkey Mahir Boztepe told Reuters that the lock was unexpected.
The head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev tied the Sputnik lock with the statements of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin during a “Straight line”. Then the head of state said that Turkey is a friendly country, but the conduct of some of its leaders is inadequate. As Kosachev wrote on his page on Facebook, this rhetoric contradicts Putin’s “propaganda” Ankara.
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