MINELRES: ERRC: Continued Hate Speech Against Roma in the Russian Media

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Mon Apr 2 08:27:58 2007

Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

ERRC Action to Combat Anti-Romani Hate Speech in Russia  

On 19 March 2007, the ERRC sent a letter of concern to Mr Konstantin
Ernst, General Director of the Russian television channel First Channel,
expressing concern about the linkage of Roma with crime in a programme
entitled "Man and the law" and its contribution towards heightened
levels of anti-Romani sentiment in Russia. In its letter, which was
copied to the Director of the Federal Administration of Rosohrancultura,
the ERRC urged Mr Ernst to refrain from broadcasting programmes that
incite further hatred and intolerance of Roma. The full text of the
letter is available on the ERRC Internet website in English and Russian

The letter is a component of ongoing work by the ERRC in the Russian
Federation to combat hate speech against Roma. Since 2006, the
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has supported ERRC work in the
Russian Federation.

Persons wishing to express similar concerns are urged to contact:

Mr Konstantin Ernst
General Director, First Channel
Akademika Koroleva, 12, Moscow, 127427, Russia
Fax: +7 495 6151139

Mr Alexander Romanenkov
Deputy Director on supervision and control of the media 
Federal Administration of Rosohrancultura
Malaya Nikitskaya str 12, Moscow, 123995, Russia
Fax: + 7 495 2905207 


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the rights of Roma and provides legal
defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more information about the
European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the web at

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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