8 March, 15:44

Barring Russian reporters from Ukraine amounts to censorship – Russian Foreign Ministry

Barring Russian reporters from Ukraine amounts to censorship – Russian Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that barring Russian reporters from entering Ukraine is media censorship. "This outrageous fact of trampling freedom of the press underfoot is evidence of the hypocrisy of those in Kiev who are currently trying to pose as democrats, certainly in inverted comas", the Foreign Ministry stressed. "This actually amounts to media censorship".

A group of reporters from the Russian TV Centre Company and a production team from the Vesti programme, along with correspondents from other Russian media outlets, were banned from entering Ukraine at Donetsk airport on March 7th, the Foreign Ministry pointed out.

"Surprisingly, no foreign media have since reacted to this outrageous fact of trampling democracy underfoot", the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "Is it possible that foreign TV channels and/or news agencies approve of this kind of move?" the Foreign Ministry asks. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was expecting reaction to Friday’s moves against Russian journalists.

Russia awaits foreign media reaction to denial of Ukraine entry to Russian reporters

Moscow sees the denial of entry to Ukraine for Russian reporters as a flagrant act of discrimination against the freedom of the press and is stunned by the lack of any reaction from foreign media outlets, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

On March 7, entry to Ukraine was denied at Donetsk Airport to journalists from the TV Center and a crew from the Vesti news program, as well as correspondents from other Russian mass media outlets, the ministry said.

"Such a flagrant act of discrimination against the freedom of the press attests to the hypocrisy of those currently in Kiev, who pose as Democrats, in quotation marks, of course. Essentially, we are talking about media censure," the ministry said in a commentary on Russian journalists being denied entry to Ukraine.

"We are stunned by the lack of any reaction on the part of foreign media outlets to such a flagrant trampling of democracy," the ministry said.

"Do foreign television companies and agencies really approve of such actions? We are waiting for their reaction," the foreign ministry added.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS

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