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President of International Federation of Journalists condemned detention of Sputnik Latvia senior editor
Detention of a journalist always raises a question of media freedom’s violation, according to Philippe Leruth, heading the International Journalist Federation. That was his comment on the case of IA Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Valentins Rozencovs in Latvia, RIA Novosti reports.
Note that he was detained in Riga. In his words, he flew from Moscow to Riga yesterday’s evening and was immediately caught by the security police. According to the state security police, the journalist was detained to talk. The conversation lasted around 12 hours. The security police was interested in the journalist’s activities as the editor-in-chief and performance of IA Sputnik in the Baltic Republic. Rozencovs who has the Latvian citizenship and came to Riga for business was released only in the morning.
Leruth has commented that despite the fact that detention for less than 12 hours is not an official arrest in accordance with the Latvian legislation, this case was nothing but at attempt to daunt the journalist. He called the detention of journalist an infringement of freedom of the media.
In his turn, Miroslav Mitrofanov representing the Baltic Republic to the European Parliament believes that this is a continuation of the informational war. He has mentioned that Latvia has many times demonstrated its negative attitude to the Russian media. Riga keeps on searching for ways to displace the Russian media from the informational environment.