Russian Journalist Ashot Dzhazoyan Banned from Entering Ukraine for Three Years

Update: 05 Jul 2017 State replied
Year 12 May 2017 Country Ukraine Category E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ , Index , IPI , RSF Alert level Level 2
12 May 2017 Ukraine E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom State EFJ/IFJ , Index , IPI , RSF Level 2

Ashot Dzhazoyan, the secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists, was banned from entering Ukraine for the next three years over “systematic violations of Ukrainian legislation as regards Ukraine’s border crossing during visits to the occupied Crimea”. The Ukrainian Security Service also accuse him of “committing socially dangerous actions that contradict Ukrainian security interests”. The Union of Journalists of the Russian Federation called the decision as “incomprehensible”. Mr Dzhazoyan is one of the most active participants in at the dialogue between members of professional organisations of journalists from Russia and Ukraine under the theme "Two Countries, One Profession". He is also co- chair of youth OSCE project. On 15 April 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law ‘On the rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime of the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine’. According to its Article 10, foreign citizens may visit Crimea only from mainland Ukraine and with a special permit. In September 2015, journalism was added as a ground of getting a permit, making possible for foreign journalists to go to Crimea. However, the procedures to receive the special permit have been criticised by the local NGOs as cumbersome – to receive the permit, foreign journalists must be physically present in Ukraine, they must file an application in Ukrainian, wait for approval letter from the Ministry of Information Policy, send it to the State Migration Service of Ukraine and then wait again for up to five days to obtain the permit.

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05 Jul 2017 : Reply from the Government of Ukraine
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