The U.S. state Department believes that in Russia restricts freedom of speech and freedom of media.
"Although the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and press, the government increasingly restricts these rights. It has introduced a substantial number of laws that restrict the freedom of speech and media independence, " - said in a statement released on Thursday a report by the U.S. state Department on human rights in the world.
in the report, for example, is indicated on the pressure " regarding correspondents covering the situation in Ukraine, the situation of sexual minorities, questions of natural factors, as well as critical local and Federal authorities ".
the report provides statistics, according to which " the government and controlled by the Issuer directly owned 60% from 45 thousand have an account in the country of periodicals. In addition, Federal or local authorities and Pro-government oligarchs fully or partially owned by 2 thirds of 2, 5 thousand of television stations, including all six national television channels ". It is noted that such media are " often receive benefits, such as the right to free use of government buildings ".
It is noteworthy that the report contains inaccuracies. For Example, The Company Mail. EN called " government-controlled ". As noted, she "September 16 announced the acquisition of popular social network" Vkontakte ".
The U.S. Department of state publishes a report on human rights in the world on an annual basis. It contains the appraisal of us foreign policy With the help of our specialists and commissioners of the U.S. embassies in different countries around the world.
the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation had previously stated that the level of cooperation of the USA with the international mechanisms of supervision in the field of human rights is unsatisfactory. In the capital of Russia hope North America will cease to consider themselves infallible in the area of human rights and begin to solve the real problems in this area, said in explanation.