Ukrainian Security Service determines over 100 Russian media outlets whose accreditation at govt bodies to be suspended

February 21, 2015 Interfax, Interfax

The Ukrainian Security Service has compiled a list of Russian media outlets whose accreditation at the Ukrainian government bodies will be suspended in line with the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada's relevant resolution.

"The list was compiled and passed to the Verkhovna Rada secretariat on February 19. There are more than 100 media outlets on the list. The decision on each of them was made individually, after their content was carefully examined," Security Service spokesperson Olena Hytlyanska told Interfax on Saturday.

The list includes TV companies, news agencies, newspapers, and Internet resources, she said, adding that the matter concerns Russian media outlets registered in Russia.

The Verkhovna Rada published the resolution suspending the accreditation of some Russian media outlets at Ukrainian government bodies on February 12. The resolution stipulates that the suspension of the accreditation of journalists and other staff of some Russian media outlets, i.e. producers, camera operators, etc., will be in force until a decision is made on the conclusion of the military operation in eastern Ukraine.

The resolution instructs the Security Service to urgently draw up a list of Russian media outlets whose accreditation is to be suspended, and the Cabinet of ministers, the Foreign Ministry, other central executive bodies, and the Verkhovna Rada secretariat's press service to take measures to enforce the resolution within two days after its takes effect.

The Rada also instructed the Cabinet of ministers to draw up a procedure for granting accreditation to journalists and technical staff of foreign media outlets within one month after this resolution takes effect. The resolution took effect on the day of its passage. Rada Chairman Volodymyr Hroysman signed the resolution on February 17.

Kyiv's move to annul the accreditation in Ukraine of some of Russia's media groups is undemocratic, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Saturday.

"Putting any restrictions on the right of one's nation to obtain comprehensive information from various sources unquestionably runs against the notion of a modern free, democratic state," Dmitry Peskov told Interfax. "It is damaging to those Ukrainian citizens who would like to obtain such information.

But modern information technology will make this measure senseless anyway, he argued.

"Given the development level of modern information technology, repressive measures of this kind are far from effective because those Ukrainian citizens who look for various kinds of information that are different from the Russophobic propaganda that we can often hear in Ukraine would always be able to find such information by making use of achievements of modern technology," he said.

"On the other hand, we definitely believe that, if Ukraine wants to become a truly democratic and free country, whenever this might happen, it should, of course, stop using any such restrictions," Peskov said.

"There are Ukrainian journalists posted in our country, and we respect their work, and they enjoy all the rights that the law on media guarantees," he said.

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