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Russia slams UK’s ‘double standards’ over Guardian pressure

Published time: August 21, 2013 13:16
Edited time: August 21, 2013 14:14
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, Moscow. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Telichev)

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, Moscow. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Telichev)

UK pressure on the Guardian over Snowden’s leaks contradicts the country’s freedom of press declarations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It also reveals Britain’s “double standards” on human rights, the ministry spokesman pointed out.

The moves taken by the UK authorities in relation with the Guardian newspaper office are discordant with the statements of the British side on their adherence to universal human rights standards, including that of the freedom of media, the rights of journalists and the protection of private life,” Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said in a statement on Wednesday. 

The incident at the Guardian office is just another example of “the double standards practice applied by London in the sphere of human rights,” Lukashevich added. 

Instead of resorting to “dubious methods of covering up tracks,” the British side should “pay due attention to the worrisome ongoing tendency for the abuse of fundamental human rights and freedoms,” the diplomat stressed. He noted that the cases of such abuse are “increasingly often signaled by the international human rights community.” 

Lukashevich then called on the UK government to “make necessary conclusions from the situation.

It was revealed by Alan Rusbringer, editor of the Guardian, that two months ago the British government threatened them with legal action unless they handed back or destroyed material given to them by former NSA agent Edward Snowden. 

That was confirmed by the UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in a statement on Wednesday.

It comes after David Miranda, Glen Greenwald’s partner, the Guardian journalist who published Snowden’s material, was detained and questioned for nine hours at London’s Heathrow airport under anti-terrorism laws.

The British government has defended their actions saying that he had “sensitive, stolen data” in his possession. 

Comments (16)


Peter Ranisav 22.08.2013 15:09

logical-americ an 22.08.2013 02:44

Interesting Russia find UK press freedoms....
Giv en Russia's abysmal treatment of journalists and free press, does Russia really have the room to criticize while doing nothing to address their obviously quite serious problem with free press at home?

The only problem with your.....logic.....i s that it's the west that normally critisizes the Russians. In this case, Russia is pointing out the hypocricy of the real pots.

In the US, we say that's, "The pot calling the kettle black."



Alexey Braguine 22.08.2013 03:26

Being out of its control The power of the info Snowden has is driving American officials bananas, Their thought process is that of desperate people pushing their poodle puppy allies to do stupid things.


fran7 21.08.2013 21:55

The UK is just another puppet of USA and for this reason it should give Gibralta back to Spain. It certainly is a country of double standards and the detention of Mr Greenwald,s partner is an example of the misuse of power the police have. Mr Assange is under siege by the UK police at great cost to the public purse and ordinary folk are suffering enormous price increases for basic necessities. GCHQ has become another appendage of PRISM because USA pays millions of dollars to them when Detroit has gone bankrupt.

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