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Russia Media Should Not Come Under Fire if No Laws Violated – Press Freedom Body

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There should be no restrictions imposed by any government or parliament on Russian media in case no violations of media laws have been registered, Chairman of the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) Henrik Kaufholz told Sputnik on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in favor of the resolution which targeted a range of Russian media outlets, such as the Sputnik news agency and the RT broadcaster. The document was passed by 304-179 votes, with 208 abstentions. With a total of 691 officials taking part in the vote, less than a half supported the resolution.

"The resolution isn’t — thanks for that — binding for media or NGOs working with media issues, and I don’t think parliaments or governments should restrict Russian media organizations unless we are talking of clear violations of media laws," Kaufholz said.

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The EU resolution said that Sputnik and RT posed a danger to European unity and called for extra European Commission funding for counter-propaganda projects.

Sputnik responded by calling the move a direct violation of media freedom and human rights, while Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the matter by pointing out that the document indicates a degradation of democracy in the West. Praising Sputnik and RT for their work, the president expressed hope that real media restrictions would not follow.

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