Freedom of Expression – Europe’s dilemma with Russian press

Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine have not only triggered debates in Brussels about unresolved splits on key sectors of the Russian economy, but also on what the EU summit calls “Russia’s on-going disinformation campaigns”.

Amnesty International, the major watchdog of Human Rights, stated last week that the Crimean right of freedom of expression is suffering enormously under Russian rule. The draft of the summit states that the EU needs to “work out how to support media freedom and European values in Russia”, as article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights gives media in EU countries an almost unrestricted right to freedom of expression.

Towards the end of the week the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, will be given the task of preparing an action plan to support Russian media freedom. Ideas of EU-funded Russian-language TV stations outside the country should help Russian journalists to speak up.

If freedom of expression suffers, rights of journalists suffer, as well. Some might argue the future for journalists in Russia doesn’t look too bright. As the future for journalists in EU countries, such as the UK, goes pretty much towards online news and citizen journalism, for journalism in Russia it seems to be interestingly unpredictable.

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