bans seven embassies

68 bans seven embassies

Serbia says its embassies and a US consulate had been “suspended” with out rationalization

Accounts of seven Serbian embassies and a consulate within the US have been “suspended” by Twitter, the overseas ministry in Belgrade mentioned on Monday. Serbia has requested Twitter to unblock the accounts, arguing that such censorship of a pro-European democracy that upholds freedom of speech was unacceptable.

The embassies in Armenia, Ghana, Iran, Indonesia, Kuwait, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe had their accounts “suspended” on August 18, the Serbian overseas ministry mentioned on Monday. The identical occurred to the consulate in Chicago, within the US state of Illinois. The suspensions occurred “with none rationalization or prior discover of a doable violation of the social community’s guidelines.”

“With out entering into Twitter’s enterprise insurance policies, we word that it’s unacceptable to censor diplomatic places of work of a democratic state that has not been sanctioned in any approach,” mentioned Belgrade.

“Serbia is a rustic that’s strategically dedicated to membership within the European Union and our political and democratic requirements – together with media freedoms – are adjusted to be in step with the very best European requirements,” the Serbian overseas ministry mentioned in a press release. “Subsequently it’s absurd {that a} collection of our diplomatic and consular places of work had been censored on a social community that boasts of selling democracy and variety of opinion.”

Belgrade hopes the ban is “not a part of an try and thwart or silence Serbia in its battle for the reality,” particularly concerning the scenario in Kosovo, the overseas ministry added.

Sixteen people – together with 13 MPs from the ruling Progressive Social gathering – had been likewise suspended with out rationalization final week. Amongst them was Arnaud Gouillon, the French-born support employee presently employed as head of the overseas ministry Workplace for Cooperation with the Diaspora. His account has since been restored.

On the day Twitter focused Serbian accounts for suspensions, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met with Kosovo Albanian authorities in Brussels. The talks, mediated by the US and the EU, had been speculated to resolve tensions within the breakaway province.

NATO occupied Kosovo after the 78-day conflict in 1999 and handed it over to ethnic Albanian separatists, who declared independence in 2008 with US assist. Belgrade refuses to acknowledge the federal government in Pristina, wherein it’s supported by Russia, China and about half the world’s international locations.

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