Searches in editorial office of Rosbalt raised alarm in OSCE
The organization stressed the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.
The OSCE office of representative on Media Freedom, Arlem Desir, became worried about the searches conducted by security officials in the editorial office of the Rosbalt news agency. In particular, the organization mentioned the operatives’ requirement to provide passwords to the journalists' computers.
“The police search in the Moscow editorial office of the Rosbalt information agency and the requirement to provide computer passwords are alarming. It is necessary to respect the confidentiality of the journalists’ sources,” the office’s message on Twitter says.
On April 18, the security forces raided the editorial office of Rosbalt in the framework of the case of libel against businessman Alisher Usmanov. According to the news agency’s chief editor, he and several employees were summoned for questioning, and three computers with materials about crime lord Shakro Molodoy were taken from the editorial office.
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