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Austrian journalist banned from entering Ukraine due to pro-Russian activities

The journalist illegally crossed the border with annexed Crimea and the Donbas conflict zone
20:08, 8 March 2019

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An Austrian journalist who worked for Kremlin press was banned from entering Ukraine for one year. It is reported by the first deputy chairman of the Committee on Freedom of Expression and Information Policy in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olga Chervakova.

Austrian TV channel ORF journalist Christian Wehrschütz was banned from entering because of his illegal crossing of the state border and the publication of fake news from Russia Today.

During the last four years, the man constantly visited the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as annexed Crimea through uncontrolled checkpoints.

Last December, the 57-year-old journalist said that he was afraid for his life, because Ukrainians allegedly threatened him.

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At the end of July 2018, he made public his report on the visit to the annexed Crimea, in which he affirmed "the successes of the Russian Federation in building the airport in Simferopol and the construction of the Crimean bridge", and on improving the life of the Crimean Tatars after the Russian occupation. The same plots were on Russia Today, on the pro-Russian Internet resources.

“The closing of the entrance to Wehrschütz is a forced step of the Ukrainian security forces and a way to protect not only Ukraine from propaganda, but also the journalist himself - from the blow he subjected himself to. There was no other way, because the law enforcement authorities did not receive from the Austrian journalist or the Austrian government any specifics about who threatened him, when and in what way. Consequently, they had no opportunity to establish where the danger comes from and how to prevent it,” wrote Olga Chervakova.

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