Russia suspended from UNESCO conference on World Press Freedom Day – Foreign Ministry

Russia has not been allowed to participate in the UNESCO conference on media freedom issues, which takes place from May 2 to 5 in Uruguay, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – May 02, 2022) Russia has not been allowed to participate in the UNESCO conference on media freedom issues, which takes place from May 2 to 5 in Uruguay, it was announced on Monday the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“World Press Freedom Day, declared in 1993 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, is celebrated each year on May 3. On this occasion, UNESCO, the specialized agency of the United Nations system for international information cooperation, traditionally organizes thematic conferences. Unfortunately, Russia was not allowed to participate in this year’s event,” the ministry said in a statement.

The UNESCO secretariat, on behalf of the organizers of the forum, rejected Russia’s request “under a far-fetched pretext” to hold a special session on the issue of the influence of large IT companies on the functioning of mass media , as well as expert speeches at roundtables, according to the statement.

“The motivation for the alleged denial of ‘non-compliance’ with the requirements of the conference and an already compiled list of speakers is wide open to criticism… Clearly, the UNESCO secretariat followed a group of well-known and extremely biased country experts promoting Russia’s “cancellation” policy on the international stage and intending to purge the field of information of views different from the ultra-liberal attitudes of the “collective West” “, adds the press release.

World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on May 3 since 1994, aims to remind governments of the right to freedom of expression. This year, the global conference is taking place in Punta del Este, in the south-east of Uruguay, and is thematically oriented on the issue of digital-based journalism.

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