26 Dec 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 31 Aug 2017 Ukraine

Russian Journalists Deported from Ukraine

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index RSF
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On 30 August 2017, the spokesperson of the Ukrainian State Security Service (SBU), Olena Gitlyanska, reported that Russia's Channel One journalist Anna Kurbatova is accused of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda and will be deported to the Russian Federation. “The Russian propagandist Anna Kurbatova will be forcibly returned to Russia,” wrote Olena Gitlayanska in a Facebook post on Wednesday 30 August. ”At the moment, the necessary documents are being processed for her official deportation. It will be the same with anyone who allows themselves to discredit Ukraine.” Anna Kurbatova was deported and banned from entering Ukraine for three years.

On 14 August 2017, Tamara Nersesyan, another Russian journalist working for the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), was deported from Ukraine. The SBU decided to bar her from entering Ukraine for three years, according to journalist Nersesyan, because of her reporting, which, officials told the journalists, inflamed the conflict in eastern Ukraine and posed a threat to Ukrainian security and territorial integrity.

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, called on Ukraine not to arrest and deport journalists from other OSCE participating States.
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26 Dec 2017
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
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31 Aug 2017
OSCE media freedom representative calls on Ukraine to respect the work of foreign journalists
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