Written answers

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Foreign Policy

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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114. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to reports that a number of Ukrainian journalists are being detained in Russia and Crimea; the actions the EU has taken with regard to the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26378/19]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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Ireland and its EU partners closely follow developments in relation to media freedom and the treatment of journalists in the Russian Federation and Ukraine, and monitor the environment for journalists and any legislation which encroaches on the freedom of speech. Developments are discussed on a regular basis in Brussels and by EU Missions in Moscow and Kyiv.

The EU plays a key role in funding the European Centre for Press and Media freedom (ECPMF) and Ireland supports the targeted protection of journalists through Human Rights Defenders programmes.

At the European Council on 20 June, EU leaders discussed developments in Eastern Ukraine and the Azov Sea and the overall implementation of the Minsk agreements and negotiations in the Normandy format. EU leaders unanimously agreed to roll over the economic sanctions on Russia for another six months and called for an urgent resumption of negotiating efforts to implement the Minsk agreements. The European Council will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and stand ready to consider further options, including non-recognition of Russian passports issued in contradiction to the Minsk agreements.


Maria Buckley
Posted on 1 Jul 2019 9:58 am (Report this comment)

Many thanks for discussing this important matter.

I am increasingly interested in the way propaganda and fake news is being used to alarm citizens around the world while genuine journalism is often ignored.

Journalists today are often faced with accusations of defamation. Freedom of speech is being eroded in many societies

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Best regards,

Maria Buckley

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