In cjr commented on the restrictive actions of Kiev against journalists

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in photomontages of the Union of journalists of Russia. Archival photoIn cjr commented on the restrictive actions of Kiev against journalists© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

Kiev’s decision to ban entry to the territory of the Crimea and the Donbass foreign journalists once again shows how today’s Ukraine is far from democratic norms, says media freedom and the right to convey to his audience an alternative point of view about what is happening, said RIA Novosti Secretary of the Union of journalists of Russia Timur Shafir.

On Friday, the Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine Emine dzhaparova said that the entrance to the Crimea and the Donbass for foreign journalists are prohibited for the duration of martial law.

After the Ministry of information policy of Ukraine has updated the user manual for the admission of foreign journalists to the Crimea, it provides a passport and special permission. Permission is one-time. To obtain it you need to apply to the Ministry of information policy and immigration.

«In this situation to say that the ruling Ukrainian regime is a supporter of the pan-European and democratic standards, says the freedom of the media, their movement and their right to report the alternative point of view to the audience, is not possible. Against this background, extremely cynical are the words of the Deputy Minister of information policy that we are saying «I hope to understand the foreign counterparts, and that this will not affect the coverage of the Ukraine.» With the understanding of all obviously, the situation is clear and very sad,» said Shafir.

He noted that the issue of the ban of foreign journalists to visit the territory of Donbass cannot be considered outside of the context of what is happening in Ukraine lately in General, «and in isolation from the situation that is happening there in relation to media freedom – and not only Russian».

«The situation with the introduction of state of emergency in selected regions of the country, has given rise to the adoption of such measures, long and keenly discussed in the world media, and virtually all of the discussion driving this issue for the upcoming presidential elections, the prospects of victory for most candidates, including the incumbent, are very vague,» — said the representative of the Russian Union of journalists.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on his page on Twitter said that Ukraine imposed restrictions on the entry of citizens of the Russian Federation males aged from 16 to 60 years. In addition, the Ukrainian security officials said that the entry into the territory of the DNI and LC are closed to foreign citizens other than representatives of the red cross, the UN and the OSCE.