15 Mar 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 21 Jan 2019 n° 3/2019 Ukraine

Belarusian Journalist Pavel Karnazytsky Deported from Ukraine

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 2 January 2019, officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested Belarusian journalist Pavel Karnazytsky, founder of the Ukrainian newsportal Glavnovosti and deported him to Belarus. SBU accused him of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda and fake news. According to their statement: “Special services found out that a foreigner living in Ukraine illegally, publicly disseminated fake information. In particular, during speeches on some television channels, he questioned the internationally recognized evidence of the presence of the aggressor country troops in the temporarily occupied territories of our country. Also, Mr Karnazytsky repeatedly published anti-Ukrainian materials on media resources controlled by the terrorist organisations “DPR” and “LPR”,”.

Pavel Karnazytsky lived in Ukraine since the end of the 90s, when he left Belarus. His lawyer stated that Karnazytsky had left Belarus because of political persecution.
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15 Mar 2019
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