MINELRES: ERRC Action to Combat Hate Speech Against Roma on Russian Media Portals

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Wed Mar 7 18:48:17 2007

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

Anti-Romani hate speech endemic on Russian media portals  

On 6 March 2007, the ERRC sent a letter of concern to Mr Pavel Gorshkov,
Executive Director of the Russian media portal “Regions”, expressing
concern about the regular linkage of Roma with crime in the titles and
content of news published on the portal, which incites anti-Romani
sentiment in Russia. In its letter, which was copied to the Director of
the Central Regional Administration of Rosohrancultura, the ERRC urged
Mr Gorshkov to review the policy of the portal toward persons belonging
to minority groups, in particular Roma, and to refrain from publishing
reports that incite further hatred and intolerance of Roma. The full
text of the letter is available on the ERRC website in English and

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 Pavel Gorshkov
Executive Director, Publishing House “Regions” 
p/o 77, 125009, Moscow, Russia
Tel/Fax: +7 495 6507180

Mr Alexander Haev
Director, Central Regional Administration of Rosohrancultura
Malaya Nikitskaya str. 12, Moscow 630091, Russia
Fax: + 7 495 2904573


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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