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Restrictive measures toward Russian journalists excessive, OSCE Representative says

26 February 2015
Restrictive measures toward Russian journalists excessive, OSCE Representative says

On 26 February 2015, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović said recent measures limiting some Russian journalists to fulfil their professional activities in Ukraine are excessive.

On 12 February, the Supreme Rada decided to strip accreditation of some 100 Russian media outlets at all Ukrainian public institutions. The list of the media outlets that fell under the ban and the reasons for revoking their accreditations or other details were not provided.

"The lack of transparency in this matter is troubling," Mijatović said. "The authorities should fully disclose their reasoning for these steps and also provide a complete list of the media outlets affected."

Further, the Representative noted that, according to reports, on 25 February law enforcement authorities detained journalists with two Russian television channels, Channel One and NTV, for disseminating anti-Ukrainian propaganda. The journalists were deported to the Russian Federation and banned from entering Ukraine for a period of five years. Reportedly, on the same day another journalist with NTV was denied entry to Ukraine.

Violations of Mass Media Rights in Ukraine

Source: OSCE

Photo: OSCE/Micky Kroell

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