Sputnik Turkey Ban ‘Not to Affect’ Turkish Journalists’ Work in Russia

Sputnik Turkey Ban ‘Not to Affect’ Turkish Journalists’ Work in Russia © Sputnik/ Alexandr Kryazhev

19:15 27.04.2016(updated 19:24 27.04.2016) Get short URL

The situation with banning the Sputnik international news agency’s website in Turkey will not prevent the country’s journalists from carrying out their activities in Russia, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The website of Sputnik’s Turkish bureau was blocked on April 14 by the Turkish telecommunications regulator. Turkey’s Golbasi District court backed the decision.

“I have no concerns about the activities of Turkish journalists [in Russia]. I am convinced that Turkish journalists working [in Russia] here respect the Russian people, state, government and values of the Russian people. I am sure that the Russian authorities are taking it into account,” the ambassador said at a press conference, answering a question whether the Turkish Embassy in Moscow fears of measures against Turkish media in Russia in response to the Sputnik website ban.

Last week, the chief editor of Sputnik’s Turkish bureau, Tural Kerimov, was denied entry to Turkey, stripped of his accreditation and residence permit in the country.

The international community, including the European Union, Russia, the United States and the United Nations have repeatedly criticized Ankara’s ongoing crackdown on journalists and tight press restrictions.

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