Barents Press International condemns the blocking of the news outlet Barents Observer, the leading news organisation on Barents issues – by Russian Media watchdog.
Barents Press International respects the Russian legislation and believes, if one of the published articles violated the Russian law, Roskomnadzor had the legislative right to block access to this particular article. But blocking the whole website for Russian readers violates their rights of free access to information.
This is not the first time a website has been blocked in Russia due to Russian legislation. Previously SR Swedish radio has been blocked for the same reasons.
Barents Press International calls upon Rozkomnadzor and relevant Russian authorities to restore the access to Barents Observer for Russian readers. Barents Observer is a vital key of our joint cooperation in our Northern Region.