“The circumstances of this case raise a number of concerns and questions,” Mijatović said. “I urge the Ukrainian authorities to swiftly look into this matter, making sure that the journalist’s rights are safeguarded and that Shuster is allowed to continue performing his work in a free and safe manner”, reads Dunja Mijatovic’s message released by OSCE’s press service on April 26.
The official expressed concern over the obstruction of Savisk Shuster’s work in Ukraine. “The Kyiv City Employment Centre yesterday annulled Shuster’s work permit. The annulment was made after Shuster allegedly did not inform the authorities about the existence of a criminal record. Shuster, a Canadian citizen, denies the existence of such a record and considers the development as pressure on his professional activity. Since 2015 Shuster’s production company “Savik Shuster Studio” has reportedly been subject to tax inspections and a criminal investigation”, says the message by OSCE’s press service.