The Russian Embassy in Estonia on Thursday accused Estonia of restricting media freedom, citing notes published by the non-governmental organization “Reporters Without Borders”.
In a Facebook post, the Moscow Embassy said that since February this year, when Putin was launching his special military operation in Ukraine, Estonia has banned the broadcasting of more than 20 Russian TV channels and about 7 resources information on the Internet have been blocked. “Due to an imposed commercial boycott, the newspaper ‘Komsomolskaya Truth in Northern Europe’ was forced out of the media market,” Russia said.
On the absurd “suspicion of a crime against peace and violation of international sanctions”, a criminal case has been fabricated against the editor-in-chief of the Estonian Russian-language publication Satellite Media Elena Cherysheva, a-t- he adds. The Russian Embassy further stated that due to these acts of “political censorship”, about 1/3 of the Estonian population is deprived of access to objective and truthful information about events happening in the world. .
Estonia meanwhile responded to Russia’s comments, saying that Estonia “has played a leading role in protecting media freedom around the world”. Eva-Maria Liimets, Estonian FM, said: “I did not forget to accuse Russia of hiding and distorting the truth in the coverage of events in Ukraine.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in the Moscow Kremlin. Credit: AP