Russia Tells US To “Mind Own Business” Over Media Freedom: All main TV stations are underneath state management in Russia. (Representational)

Russia Tells US To “Mind Own Business” Over Media Freedom

Moscow:

Moscow has angrily informed the US embassy to “thoughts your personal enterprise” after Washington’s diplomatic mission raised concern about curbs on media freedom in Russia.

Rebecca Ross, the spokeswoman for the US embassy, on Tuesday expressed concern a couple of clampdown on journalists in Russia.

“Watching arrest after arrest of Russian journalists – it is beginning to appear to be a concerted marketing campaign in opposition to #MediaFreedom,” she tweeted.

“Thoughts your personal enterprise,” the Russian overseas ministry tweeted late Tuesday.

Earlier that day the FSB safety company, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, arrested a revered former journalist, Ivan Safronov, 30, on suspicion of state treason.

His detention sparked an uproar amongst supporters and journalists who say his arrest is punishment for his protection of Russia’s defence sector.

A member of Safronov’s defence crew, Yevgeny Smirnov, has stated the previous journalist, who used to work for Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers, is suspected of cooperating with Czech intelligence since 2012.

The FSB investigators imagine that the Czech intelligence acts underneath the steerage of the US, Smirnov informed AFP.

The FSB says that Safronov has collected confidential knowledge in regards to the Russian navy, defence, and safety and handed it over to the intelligence of a NATO member nation.

On Monday, a reporter from the northwestern metropolis of Pskov was fined almost $7,000 for “justifying terrorism”, in a case that sparked an outcry.

Prosecutors had requested that Svetlana Prokopyeva be sentenced to 6 years in jail for a commentary a couple of bomb assault.

All main TV stations are underneath state management in Russia.

Journalists working for print and on-line shops have not too long ago complained about growing curbs on press freedoms and strain from the Kremlin.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

 

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