After seeing the announcement of an investigation, led by Forbidden Stories and linked to by The Guardian, and understanding its focus, namely: exposing how journalists reporting on environment issues across the world are being harassed, jailed and killed for trying to expose the truth (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/green-blood), Solway Investment Group would like to once again clarify the following:
As an international socially responsible company, Solway values freedom of speech, supports investigative journalism, and aims for transparency in its communications. We have been cooperating with Forbidden Stories journalists since their first request in March 2019. Since then, we have arranged several press tours for their camera crews, as well as two three-hour interviews with CGN/Pronico top managers. We also answered written questions posed by the Forbidden Stories team, and provided documents supporting our point of view.
Neither CGN/Pronico nor Solway harass journalists, nor do they interfere with journalists’ professional activities. We never intimidate any media and have never tried to silence any reporting on our activities. Solway operates in accordance with international standards and within the framework of the law. We do not approve of and condemn all kinds of illegal actions. Any involvement of the company in the cases which were mentioned in the framework of our cooperation with the Forbidden Stories team was motivated purely by our obligation to defend our own employees’ rights and limited to this.