Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding an attack on Russian journalists in the United States
A Channel One television crew has been attacked by police in Portland, United States, today. The law enforcers beat the journalists and destroyed their professional equipment.
We regard such deliberately aggressive actions by US law enforcers against journalists as unacceptable. We urge the concerned American agencies to ensure the appropriate treatment of media representatives in accordance with the international obligations the United States has assumed voluntarily in the field of human rights and freedom of the media.
It is not the first example of a disproportionate use of police force against Russian journalists in the United States. In this connection, we have to once again appeal to the international organisations responsible for protecting the rights, freedoms and safety of journalists.