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Austrian journalist on entry ban to Ukraine: This is attack on freedom of speech

Christian Wehrschütz believes that there is a small group of people behind the entry ban who is not happy with the topics of his articles
15:35, 9 March 2019

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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.

According to Wehrschütz, "a small group of people that is not happy with what we write and what problems we cover" is behind the ban of entry for him.

"I think that this is only a reaction to the fact that several people are not happy with the way we work. This is really an attack on freedom of speech and nothing else," he noted.

Wehrschütz also stressed that he had never been a “pro-Russian or anti-Ukrainian journalist,” and he planned to make the film “Ukraine: 5 years after Maidan” and interviews with some presidential candidates in Ukraine.

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Earlier, we reported that Austrian journalist who worked for Kremlin press was banned from entering Ukraine for one year. It was 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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