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OSCE Denounces Ukrainian Measures Toward Russian Journalists

  • RFE/RL

The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Dunja Mijatovic, says recent measures limiting Russian journalists from fulfilling their professional activities in Ukraine are “excessive.”

Mijatovic, in a February 26 statement, says that the lack of transparency is "troubling."

Ukraine's legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, revoked the accreditation on February 12 of some 100 Russian media outlets at Ukrainian public institutions, including the parliament.

The list of the media outlets affected and the reasons for the move were not provided.

Mijatovic called on Ukrainian authorities to "fully disclose their reasoning for these steps" and provide a complete list of the media outlets that are banned.

Mijatovic also cited reports saying Ukrainian authorities detained and deported on February 25 journalists from two Russian television channels for disseminating anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

They were also banned from entering Ukraine for five years.

The same day, another Russian TV journalist was reportedly denied entry into Ukraine.