Ukrainian government bans BBC, other journalists


This video from the USA says about itself:

Princeton University professor Stephen Cohen on Ukraine and media blackout / censorship – 10.10.2014

From Associated Press news agency:

Ukraine Bars 3 BBC Journalists From Entering Ukraine

By Nataliya Vasilyeva

Sep 17, 2015, 6:00 AM ET

Ukraine has barred a few dozen reporters, including three BBC journalists, from entering the country as an unspecified security threat.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko late on Wednesday signed a sanctions list barring nearly 400 individuals from entering Ukraine, including BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg and producer Emma Wells, both British, and Russian cameraman Anton Chicherov.

This is the first sanctions list against Russia and foreign individuals that Kiev has introduced since a conflict broke out in April 2014 in eastern Ukraine, claiming more than 8,000 lives so far.

The decree which was published on the president’s website said the reporters and media executives on the list presented an unspecified “threat to national interests, national security, sovereignty or territorial integrity.”

It did not specify why the long-serving Moscow-based BBC journalists were singled out but a spokesman for the presidential administration said late Wednesday night that the Ukrainian Security Service would give an explanation on Thursday.

The BBC’s foreign editor, Andrew Roy, described the ban as “a shameful attack on media freedom.”

“These sanctions are completely inappropriate and inexplicable measures to take against BBC journalists who are reporting the situation in Ukraine impartially and objectively, and we call on the Ukrainian government to remove their names from this list immediately,” he said in emailed comments.

Also on the list of the banned journalists are Antonio Pampliega and Angel Sastre, two Spanish reporters who disappeared in Syria in July and are believed to have been kidnapped by the Islamic State group, and two reporters for Russian news agencies in South Africa and Turkey with no clear links to Ukraine.

The Russian news agency Tass on Thursday described the decision to blacklist three of its reporters, one based in Washington, D.C., one in South Africa and one in Moscow, as “odd” since two of the three journalists do not even cover Ukraine. …

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement that it is “dismayed” by Poroshenko’s actions.

“While the government may not like or agree with the coverage, labeling journalists a potential threat to national security is not an appropriate response,” said the committee’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, Nina Ognianova.

13 thoughts on “Ukrainian government bans BBC, other journalists

  1. Friday 18th September 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    UKRAINIAN President Petro Poroshenko was forced yesterday to remove three BBC journalists from a travel blacklist just a day after authorising it.

    Mr Poroshenko signed the list on Wednesday, barring nearly 400 individuals from entering Ukraine, including BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg and producer Emma Wells, both British, and Russian cameraman Anton Chicherov.

    The presidential decree accused those on the list of presenting an unspecified “threat to national interests, national security, sovereignty or territorial integrity.”

    BBC foreign editor Andrew Roy called the ban a shameful attack on media freedom.

    “These sanctions are completely inappropriate and inexplicable measures to take against BBC journalists who are reporting the situation in Ukraine impartially and objectively,” he said.

    “We call on the Ukrainian government to remove their names from this list immediately.”

    Presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said yesterday that Mr Poroshenko had asked his National Security and Defence Council, which drafted the list, to remove the names of BBC staff.

    Other banned journalists include Spanish reporters Antonio Pampliega and Angel Sastre, who disappeared in Syria in July and are believed to have been kidnapped by Islamic State (Isis), and two reporters for Russian news agencies in South Africa and Turkey with no clear links to Ukraine.

    “I have never been to Ukraine and don’t have any intention of travelling there in the near future,” said German journalist Michael Rutz.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-3ee0-Ukraine-Poroshenko-U-turns-on-BBC-sanctions#.VfxClJeKY5s

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  4. Tuesday 8th March 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    THE Communist Party of Ukraine has accused the Kiev regime of launching a fresh attack on freedom of speech by taking an independent television station off the air.

    Gamma TV first came under political pressure following the January 2014 Maidan coup that overthrew the elected government, but it continued broadcasting — much to the chagrin of the Western-backed government and its far-right allies.

    But now the cabinet of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has found another way to shut down the station — by selling off its radio frequency to a 4G mobile phone firm.

    A Communist statement at the weekend argued that Gamma was being targeted for its refusal to “broadcast fascism and nazism” in contrast to the “oligarchic channels.”

    The party said: “This channel tells the audience the truth about what is really happening in Ukraine and what a tragedy for the country and for the people is the seizure of power by the oligarchs, neofascists and armed gangs.”

    The Communists pointed out that the telecoms company in question has less than a 1.5 per cent market share in Ukraine, arguing that that the decision was no coincidence but politically motivated.

    The party called on left groups in the European Parliament and the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly to defend Gamma TV from Kiev’s attacks.

    It aslo called on the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and other international bodies to protect the right to free speech in Ukraine.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-9574-Ukraine-Communists-slam-independent-TV-channels-closure#.Vt6RfeZtc4A

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