Aleksei Venediktov appeals against warning by Roskomnadzor

posted 21 Nov 2014, 09:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Nov 2014, 09:32 ]
18 November 2014

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The chief editor of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, Aleksei Venediktov, filed a complaint against the warning issued by Roskomnadzor against a broadcast by the radio station on the events in Donetsk, Aleksei Venediktov has written on Twitter. 

According to Radio Svoboda the lawsuit in Tagansky court was filed by Venediktov in his own name, as General Director of the radio station, Ekaterina Pavlova, categorically refused to appeal against the actions of Roskomnadzor, considering them justified. 

At the end of October, Roskomnadzor issued a written warning to both Ekho Moskvy and the station’s website over the programme “Svoimi Glazami” (“With our own eyes”). According to Roskomnadzor, the programme contained information “justifying the practice of war crimes”. The discussion was called “The Battle for Donetsk airport”. The Los Angeles Times correspondent, Sergei Loiko and the journalist Timur Olevsky, who works for the radio station and for the Dozhd (“Rain”) TV channel, took part. The programme was hosted by Sofiko Shevardnadze and Aleksandr Plyuschev. The transcript of the programme, which was later published on the website, has been removed at the request of Roskomnadzor. 

At that time Venediktov announced he would appeal against the decision of Roskomnadzor in court, since the warning does not indicate specific violations of the law and the interview was live. Information can be either true or false and he does not understand what "information justifying the practice of war crimes" means, said the chief editor of "Ekho Moskvy". 

This is the first warning issued by Roskomnadzor against Ekho Moskvy in the entire history of the radion station. 

Translated by Ana-Maria Sirbu