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OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović
The Representative on Freedom of the Media from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has expressed concern over the "indiscriminate detention" of journalists reporting on street protests in Moscow and recent cyber attacks on Russian media websites.

Dunja Mijatovic said in a statement that "What happened in recent days must be thoroughly investigated and sanctions taken against those law enforcement officers who violated the rights of journalists."

Reports say that riot police harassed and detained dozens of reporters who were covering street gatherings in Moscow from 6 May to 9 May.

On 6 May, the websites of the "Kommersant" newspaper, "Bolshoi Gorod" magazine, the Ekho Moskvy radio station, the Dozhd TV station, and that of the online news service were made temporarily unavailable just as some of them were planning to broadcast live from the scene of the protests.
Lukpan Akhmedyarov (file photo)
A court in Kazakhstan’s western city of Oral has approved the 10-day detention of two men to investigation their possible involvement in an attack that left a well-known journalist hospitalized.

The two men, both 20 years old, were arrested May 6.

Lukpan Akhmedyarov, a correspondent for the "Uralskaya nedelya" weekly in Oral, was stabbed and shot with a pneumatic pistol on April 19.

Kazakh authorities have said additional suspects may have been involved in the attack and that the investigation is continuing.

Akhmedyarov said he believes the attack was a reaction to some of his journalistic work.

International organizations and rights groups have condemned the attack on Akhmedyarov, who was known for his critical reporting on Kazakh authorities, and called for a thorough investigation.

Based on reporting by KazTAG and Interfax

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