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Austrian MFA summons Ukrainian ambassador due to entry ban for journalist

The Ministry calls for lifting the entry ban
21:51, 11 March 2019

 

 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria summoned Olexandr Shcherba, the Ukrainian ambassador, over the entry ban Ukraine imposed on Christian Wehrschütz,  a correspondent for public broadcaster ORF. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria reports this on its website.  

The Ukrainian ambassador was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a conversation with Johannes Peterlik, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Related: Austrian authorities criticize entry ban to Ukraine for Austrian journalist

“Peterlik calls for lifting the ban imposed on entry by the Ukrainian authorities, as well as for accreditation of ORF correspondent Christian Wehrschütz in Donbas conflict zone,” the report said.

In addition, the diplomat requires proof of allegations against Wehrschütz.

"We are deeply concerned about the actions of the Ukrainian government, which are an unacceptable act of censorship, incompatible with the values and principles of the Association Agreement with the EU," Peterlik said.

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Peterlik has also pointed out that Arlem Desir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, called for the lifting of the ban as well.

"We are determined that Christian Wehrschütz could continue to broadcast from Ukraine as an ORF correspondent without unacceptable restrictions," he said.

Earlier, Vienna sharply criticizes the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to ban the Austrian TV journalist from entering Ukraine for one year. 

Austrian journalist Christian Wehrschütz has not yet received any official documents on his banning of entry to Ukraine. He told about this to the 112 Ukraine journalist.

"Here in Ukraine I still have a residence permit until the end of June of this year. It’s generally interesting how the rule of law works in Ukraine, when on the one hand I have only the oral information (regarding the ban, - ed.), on the other hand, I have a document for temporary residence because I have an office in Kyiv," he said.

 

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

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