Estonian Authorities Turn Down Three Requests for Accreditation from Rossiya Segodnya to Cover EU meeting

Update: 31 Aug 2017 State replied
Year 28 Aug 2017 Country Estonia Category E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 2
28 Aug 2017 Estonia E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom State EFJ/IFJ Level 2

The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union refused three requests for accreditation from Russian state owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya to cover the informal meeting of the EU ministers of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn (Estonia) to take place on 7-8 September 2017. The requests were filed by the Brussels based correspondent Vladimir Dobrovolskiy, and by Moscow based journalists Maria Kiseleva and Anastasia Sedelnikova. No explanations were provided by the Estonian authorities for their refusal. Sergey Kochetkov, first deputy editor-in-Chief of Rossiya Segodnya, said that this is the first time that the news agency face such restrictions in covering high level EU events .

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New 31 Aug 2017 : Reply from the Estonian authorities

Follow-ups

New 31 Aug 2017 : OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media urges Estonia to reconsider denied accreditation to three Russian journalists for EU meeting.
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