Russia condemns attacks on journalists in Syria [updated]

Russia condemns terrorist attacks against journalists in Syria and calls on the appropriate international organizations and countries that have influence on the Syrian opposition to react to these attacks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We condemn the terrorist attacks against journalists, who ensure the exercise of citizens' democratic rights to receive objective information, freedom of speech and opinion," Maria Zakharova, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry information and press department, said in a statement posted on the ministry website on Tuesday.

"We are operating on the assumption that appropriate international and regional organizations and those countries that have influence on the armed opposition cannot ignore and not react to these outrageous facts," the report says.

"All media assistants should receive equal treatment and arbitrariness or double standards are unacceptable in this issue," Zakharova said in her statement.

The statement says Russia is increasingly concerned about the information received from Syria on the growing number of attacks on the Syrian and international media by illegal armed groups.

Among the recent attacks on journalists Zakharova mentioned the August 10, 2012 seizure of a group of television journalists and the August 11 killing of a department head of the Syrian information agency SANA in Damascus.

Zakharova recalled that Babacar Gaye, the head of the UN observer mission to Syria, has condemned these terrorist attacks.

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