Ukraine blamed over ‘arbitrary restrictions’ on reporters
(MENAFN) Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned Ukrainian experts over “abuses” against foreign and local reporters covering the war with Russia. It called for Kiev to swiftly remove obstacles for the journalists.
“Some 9,000 or so reporters covering the war in Ukraine have difficulties gaining access to certain places and difficulties filming or taking photos, and even are occasionally detained,” the organization, which safeguards freedom of info around the world, stated on Friday.
Those “arbitrary restrictions” are confusing the work of the press in the field and should be lifted, it claimed.
Jeanne Cavelier, the chief of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk claimed “In a democratic country, war is no reason to hamper the work of journalists,” noting “Restrictions linked to national security are legitimate, but must be proportionate.”
Nevertheless, RSF believes the Kiev administration is making “unjustified obstacles to the production of reliable and objective reporting” on the ground.
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