25/05/2018
 

Ukraine: IFJ/EFJ condemn ban on Russian media organisations

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a joint press conference on April 10, 2018. © ODD ANDERSEN / AFP PHOTO

The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) today condemned the Opens external link in new windowupdated sanctions list signed on 14 May Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and published yesterday which bans for three years Russian media organisations based in Ukraine, including Russian news agencies RIA Novosti, Rossiyasegodnya.rf, Sputniknews.com, Rsport.ria.ru, 1prime.ru, Realty.ria. ru "and" rian.com.ua ".

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The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) today condemned the Opens external link in new windowupdated sanctions list signed on 14 May Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and published yesterday which bans for three years Russian media organisations based in Ukraine, including Russian news agencies RIA Novosti, Rossiyasegodnya.rf, Sputniknews.com, Rsport.ria.ru, 1prime.ru, Realty.ria. ru "and" rian.com.ua ".

Russian TV channels rtr-planeta.com, russia.tv, vesti.ru, tvkultura.ru, digitalrussia.tv. are also banned.

The move comes a week after a Opens external link in new windowRIA Novosti journalist was detained in Kiev and accused of treason.

The Opens external link in new windowdecree introduces measures such as blocking of assets, limiting or stopping the provision of telecommunications services and the use of public telecommunications networks, blocking access to their web sites.

IFJ/EFJ affiliate the Russian Federation of Journalists has also condemned such actions, which they consider an Opens external link in new windowunprecedented act of political censorship.

Both Federations have submitted an Opens external link in new windowalert of the case to the Council of Europe's platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists.


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