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Committee to Protect Journalists Slams Ukraine

17.09.2015 10:15

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) claimed that labeling journalists a threat to national security is "not appropriate" measure for any government, referring to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's decree imposing sanctions on over 400 individuals, including political figures and correspondents.

"While the government may not like or agree with the coverage, labeling journalists a potential threat to national security is not an appropriate response. In fact, this sweeping decree undermines Ukraine's interests by blocking vital news and information that informs the global public about the country's political crisis," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said in a Wednesday statement.

Poroshenko signed the decree on Wednesday sanctioning 90 entities and barring over 400 people, including several high-ranking individuals and journalists, from entering Ukraine for one year. The Ukrainian president said the sanctions would contribute to his country's defense amid the conflict in the southeast.

According to CPJ, the 41 journalists and bloggers affected by the one-year entry ban come from 16 different countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Latvia and Russia.