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"hromadske" journalists restore their accreditation for working on the front line and the de-occupied territories

21.11.2022, 17:50
Photo: hromadske
Photo: hromadske

"hromadske" journalists Anastasia Stanko and Kolyan Pastyk were given back their accreditations which give them the right to work in the de-occupied territories and in the combat zone.

This was stated in a letter sent to the editorial office by the Ministry of Defense.

The letter noted that the accreditation has been restored to the journalists upon their appeal. It also indicated that "if a media representative repeatedly violates the rules of media work in the areas of hostilities, their accreditation will be canceled with no chance of restoration."

As IMI reported, several media representatives who had violated the rules of working in combat zones had their work permits revoked and their press cards invalidated by the Ministry of Defense. Namely, Hromadske journalists Anastasia Stanko and Mykola Pastyko, as well as some CNN and SkyNews journalists have been stripped of their accreditation. Suspilne and Hromadske's filming crews have also been working in Kherson after the liberation of the city. The Rada channel has also done a live stream from Kherson. "Ukrainska Pravda" photo correspondent Dmytro Larin and Telegraf UA photographer Yevheniy Zavhorondiy also reported being stripped of their UAF accreditation.

The General Staff noted that the order of the UAF Commander-in-Chief No. 73, dated 03.03.2022, is delivered to all media representatives as they are being given their press card.

On November 11, on the day Kherson was liberated, Operational Command "South" announced that mass media's access to settlements that were de-occupied in November 2022 would be temporarily restricted.

"Please note that work in the settlements located in the combat zone is regulated by the order of the UAF Commander-in-Chief No. 73, dated 03.03.2022; non-compliance with this order may become grounds for a journalist's accreditation being revoked. These settlements will be accessible no sooner than the defense forces complete stabilization efforts," the military stressed.

Journalists and media CSOs demand that the accreditation revoked for reporting from Kherson be restored.

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Hanna Malyar, said that the ban and restrictions on the entry/exit of civilians and even journalists to the liberated Ukrainian cities are due to safety precautions. She also reminded that there is a procedure for accredited journalists to work under martial law.

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