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Russia: UK double standards on freedom of press - Russia01:20

Russia: UK double standards on freedom of press - Russia

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 21, 2013 at 16:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: UK double standards on freedom of press - Russia

An official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Lukashevich, said on Wednesday the UK practices "double standards " in the sphere of human rights. In light of Guardian newspaper editor Alan Rusbridger's column on Tuesday revealing how agents of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) entered the paper's London offices one month ago to oversee the destruction of laptops, Lukashevich says this counters to the "British adherence to universal human rights standards, including that of the freedom of press, the rights of journalists and the protection of privacy."

Rusbridger had wrote that despite the government's crackdown the Guardian's reporting on the NSA will continue. Lukashevich sided with the media outlet, saying the UK should pay attention to the "worrisome tendency for the abuse of fundamental human rights and freedoms in the UK, including the freedom of press, that are increasingly often signalled by the international human rights community, and make relevant conclusions, rather than engage in dubious methods of covering up tracks."

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Russia: UK double standards on freedom of press - Russia

An official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Lukashevich, said on Wednesday the UK practices "double standards " in the sphere of human rights. In light of Guardian newspaper editor Alan Rusbridger's column on Tuesday revealing how agents of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) entered the paper's London offices one month ago to oversee the destruction of laptops, Lukashevich says this counters to the "British adherence to universal human rights standards, including that of the freedom of press, the rights of journalists and the protection of privacy."

Rusbridger had wrote that despite the government's crackdown the Guardian's reporting on the NSA will continue. Lukashevich sided with the media outlet, saying the UK should pay attention to the "worrisome tendency for the abuse of fundamental human rights and freedoms in the UK, including the freedom of press, that are increasingly often signalled by the international human rights community, and make relevant conclusions, rather than engage in dubious methods of covering up tracks."