HFHR statement regarding arrest of journalists in head office of State Electoral Commission
The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights wants to voice its objection to the incident of arresting journalists and photographers of the Polish Press Agency, including Tomasz Gzell.
In its statement the Foundation refers to the standards of freedom of expression which should be relied on in assessing the case.
“The right to freely communicate information relates in particular to events that pique the reasonable interest of the public opinion, such as election coverage. In this context, it is worth pointing out to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case Pentikäinen v. Finnland in which the ECtHR implies the obligation to ensure the safety of journalists covering events by designating a separate safe area for them”, reads the statement issued today.