For the first time in our common professional practice, the political structures of the European Union imposed sanctions on our colleague Dmitry Kiselev. Thus, the European Union imposed on its territory a ban on the profession for one of the most famous journalists of our country, the leading analytical program of the Russia 1 TV channel - “News of the Week”, which is watched by tens of millions of TV viewers every week.
In our opinion, this decision has neither logic nor sense. Freedom of speech and movement are declared by the European Union as the basic and inalienable values of European civilization. What has changed?
Considering that no one has explained and, obviously, is not going to explain to our colleague the reasons for the imposition of sanctions, we, each and every journalist working in the world, would like to hear honest answers to the following questions:
1. Are taboo topics in Europe?
2. Is personal position in journalism punishable?
3. Examination and court are no longer needed to evaluate the activities of a journalist?
4. Is the European Union entitled to punish any journalist for his professional activities?
5. EU journalists can now expect sanctions for their views?
Without professional solidarity of Russian and European journalists, we are unlikely to get answers to these questions. And getting them is very important for the entire journalistic community, because today the foundations of our professional activity — independence of judgment and freedom of speech — are at risk.
Alexander Buzaladze, Head of the Author's Program Alexander Buzaladze Studio, Russia 1 TV Channel, Author of the Special Correspondent Program
Denisov Aleksey Grigorievich, chief editor of the TV channel "History", political observer of the Directorate of information programs of the TV channel" Russia 1 "
Dmitry Alexandrovich Kaistro, special correspondent of the Directorate of Information Programs on the Russia 1 TV Channel
Ilya Adolfovich Kanavin, political observer at the Directorate of Information Programs on the Russia 1 TV Channel
Kondrashov Andrey Olegovich, political observer of the Directorate of information programs of the TV channel "Russia 1", the leading federal issues of the program "Vesti"
Mamontov Arkady Viktorovich, head of the studio "The Author's Program of Arkady Mamontov" of the TV channel "Russia 1", author and presenter of the program "Special Correspondent"
Andrei Medvedev, political observer of the Directorate of information programs of the TV channel "Russia 1"
Yevgeny Poddubny, correspondent for the Russia 24 TV channel
Evgeny G. Popov, political observer of the Directorate of information programs of the Russia 1 TV channel, host of the program "News in 23: 00"
Alexander G. Rogatkin, Head of the Author's Program Alexander Rogatkin Studio, Russia 1 Channel, Author of the Special Correspondent Program
Alexander Sladkov, special correspondent for the Russia 1 channel, author and host of the Military Program