Feb 16, 2021
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The Baltic Word: there is no more freedom of speech in the European Union

Any dissent is suppressed in the Baltic states

“Freedom of speech is one of the basic democratic values, one of the fundamental principles of a democratic society. Freedom of speech guarantees citizens of any country the right to receive information from alternative sources, and journalists – the opportunity to carry out their work without fear of persecution or interference from the authorities ”,

– writes the online edition Baltic word

The Baltic Word: There is no more freedom of speech in the European Union

However, in Europe today, everything is different: despite loud words about freedom of speech, technologies to suppress dissent are widely used there, the newspaper notes. European journalists are experiencing great difficulties, they are not allowed to tell the truth. The Baltic countries are no exception in this sense, while the technologies that are used in the Baltics to suppress freedom of speech are one of the most advanced, because in these countries they have been fighting the Russian media for a long time and in recent years they have gained solid experience in this matter. … The war with the Russian media has become especially tough in recent months, when Russian journalists working in Latvia were detained for cooperating with the news agency Rossiya Segodnya, which in itself is an incredible situation – all journalists cooperate with various news agencies , emphasizes Baltic word

“The same events are taking place not only in Latvia, but also in Lithuania and Estonia. Freedom of speech in the Baltic states has lost its meaning. There is a division of journalists on the basis of cooperation with the “right” and “wrong” media. Freedom of speech and human rights are not for the “wrong” journalists, ”

– the author of the article writes a journalist Antanas Tubelis

He reminds that the Baltic States as members of the European Union are obliged to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights, according to which everyone has the right not only to receive, but also to impart information, but arrests of journalists violate both these obligations and UN rules.

European international structures, which are obliged to deal with the protection of human rights, prefer not to notice the situation that has developed in the Baltic countries today. The Council of Europe is also trying not to talk about this, which clearly demonstrates the real attitude of the European Union to freedom of speech and to those European values ​​that are so fond of declaring in Brussels.

“Today journalism is one of the most dangerous professions. Journalists continue to be harassed for their work. Sometimes they even pay with their lives. It is sad that this is happening more and more often, even in the peaceful democracies of Europe, ”

– states the publication.

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