OSCE sees blockage of Telegram as obstacle to freedom of speech

RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Arlem Desire, expressed his concerns about the court’s decision to block Telegram in Russia.

“The decision to block Telegram is deeply troubling, as it hinders the important role of Internet mediators in promoting the right to freedom of expression.” In recent years, Telegram has also become an important channel for the dissemination of information by various media, “Desire said in a statement on Friday. site of the organization.

The OSCE representative appealed to the Russian authorities to reconsider their decision.

“I call on the members of the State Duma to review the support for the proposed changes, since they (ed. changes) have a clear potential for restricting freedom of speech and media freedom and do not meet the internationally recognized requirements of legality, necessity and proportionality (when such measures are taken) said Desire.

Tagansky court on Friday satisfied the statement of Roskomnadzor on blocking access to the telegram messenger in Russia. According to the court decision, it is subject to immediate execution. However, the court decided that the restriction could be lifted if Telegram provided the FSB with the keys to decrypt user messages.

Later on Friday, Telegram founder Pavel Durov, against the backdrop of a Russian court’s decision to block a messenger on the territory of the Russian Federation, stated that “confidentiality is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised because of fear or greed.”

A source familiar with the decision of the agency told Interfax that the operators will start blocking Telegram from April 16.