Vienna, 24 October 2016 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) criticized the behavior and actions of Latvian authorities after detaining and deporting the journalist and chief producer for Rossiya Segodnya international information agency, Ella Taranova.
Taranova was detained by Latvian border guards when she arrived in Riga for the Baltic Forum. Allegedly, the journalist was deported on Friday, 21 October.
SEEMO members expressed great dissatisfaction with the behavior of Latvian authorities, who have allowed these unnecessary actions and human rights violations. SEEMO calls on institutions in the country to issue a public apology to the journalist, and allow her an access to Latvia for future occasions.