2012-08-17 20:43:00

Pussy Riot sentence an attack on freedom of speech - OSCE

Moscow, August 17, Interfax - Pussy Riot's punk prayer does not deserve prison confinement, said the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's media freedom representative Dunja Mjatovic.

Accusations of hooliganism and of inciting religious enmity must not be used to suppress the freedom of expression. Speech, however provocative, sarcastic or hurting, must not be suppressed and it must not in any way end up in prison confinement, Mjatovic said in a statement, received by Interfax.

In some of the OSCE member-countries the governments have assumed a robust position on dissent, she said.

In most instances, it is a pretext to censor what differs from the generally accepted view, and criticism, Mjatovic said.