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Russia Slammed for Pussy Riot Verdict

Aug. 17, 2012
Pussy Riot
Pussy Riot

The Russian band Pussy Riot should not be imprisoned, as their actions are protected by the right to free speech, the media observer from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday in Vienna.

"Speech no matter how provocative, satirical or sensitive should not be restricted or suppressed and under no circumstances should it lead to imprisonment," said Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media.

She said the two-year sentence against the three musicians was part of a dangerous trend to curb free speech, along with recent moves by Belarusian authorities to ban photos of a protest involving teddy bears.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH