Freedom of the media in Russia

Doc. 10781
11 January 2006

Freedom of the media in Russia

Letter from Mrs Bargholtz and Mr Lindblad to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly


Stockholm 6 October 2005

H. Exc. Mr. René van der Linden
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe
Strasbourg

Mr. President,

For the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union and the communist dictatorship, a Swedish journalist, Mr. Berth Sundström, from the Swedish Television, has been expelled from Russia after three years reporting, without any explanation.

This event, as well as others, signals a hardening climate for journalists, foreign as well as Russian, and makes us worry about freedom of the press and other media in Russia.

In order to make sure that the Russian Federation observes its obligations as a member of the Council of Europe as concerns free media, we ask you, Mr. President, to make it possible to have an urgent debate on this subject in the Parliamentary Assembly during the January session 2006.

We enclose a list of Assembly colleagues who support this initiative.

Yours sincerely,

Signed 1:

BARGHOLTZ, Helena, Sweden, ALDE
LINDBLAD, Göran, Sweden, EPP/CD
AHLQVIST, Birgitta, Sweden, SOC
ANTTILA, Sirkka-Liisa, Finland, ALDE
BERDZENISHVILI, Levan, Georgia, ALDE
BOKERIA, Giorgi, Georgia, ALDE
BRESTENSKÁ, Beáta, Slovakia, ALDE
CIRCENE, Ingrida, Latvia, EPP/CD
DUPRAZ, John, Switzerland, ALDE
EÖRSI, Mátyás, Hungary, ALDE
ERTSBORN, Jan, Sweden, ALDE
FARRÉ SANTURÉ, Joan Albert, Andorra, ALDE
GARCIA PASTOR, Eva, Andorra, ALDE
HERKEL, Andres, Estonia, EPP/CD
HÖGMARK, Anders G., Sweden, EPP/CD
HŘIE, Bent, Norway, EPP/CD
HOLOVATY, Serhiy, Ukraine, ALDE
HÖRSTER, Joachim, Germany, EPP/CD
KLYMPUSH, Orest, Ukraine, ALDE
KOCHARYAN, Shavarsh, Armenia, ALDE
LAVTIŽAR-BEBLER, Darja, Slovenia, ALDE
LETZGUS, Peter, Germany, EPP/CD
LINTNER, Eduard, Germany, EPP/CD
MARQUET, Bernard, Monaco, ALDE
MERCAN, Murat, Turkey, EPP/CD
MIHKELSON, Marko, Estonia, EPP/CD
ÖHMAN, Conny, Sweden, SOC
ÖZAL, Ibrahim, Turkey, EPP/CD
RUSSELL-JOHNSTON, Russel, United Kingdom, ALDE
SASI, Kimmo, Finland, EPP/CD
SEVERINSEN, Hanne, Denmark, ALDE
SZALAY, Gábor, Hungary, ALDE
TEVDORADZE, Elene, Georgia, ALDE
WESTERLUND PANKE, Majléne, Sweden, SOC
WIELOWIEYSKI, Andrzej, Poland, EPP/CD


1    SOC: Socialist Group
      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
      ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
      EDG: European Democratic Group
      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
      NR: not registered in a group