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RSF on the zoning: "We call on the authorities to lift the restrictions for journalists"

21.03.2023, 11:35
Photo: Philip Wilson/
Photo: Philip Wilson/

The international human rights organization "Reporters Without Borders" calls on the Ukrainian authorities to lift the restrictions on journalists' access to covering the hostilities.

The organization wrote this on Twitter.

"Some fifty municipalities have been closed to journalists since yesterday evening. Appalled by these excessive restrictions, RSF calls on authorities to lift them as soon as possible so that reporters can continue to work," the RSF stated.

As IMI reported, on February 27, UAF Commander-in-Chief's Decree No. 73 regarding engagement with the mass media during martial law was amended. According to the changes, journalists will only receive accreditation for a period of up to six months, and the frontline area will now be divided into three access zones for media workers.

Earlier, representatives of the media community proposed to create a task force at the President's Office to improve the way their engagement with the military is regulated, and submitted their proposals on improving communication between journalists and the military to the UAF General Staff.

On March 20, the Donetsk Oblast Military Administration outlined the three zones for journalists of accredited media outlets in region – the "red", the "yellow" and the "green".

The three zones were also outlined in the areas under the jurisdiction of the operational and strategic group of troops "Odesa".

On March 20, the Media Movement, as well as Ukrainian and foreign journalists called the new excessive restrictions on the work of the media during martial law unacceptable and called for an immediate resolution of the situation with access to coverage of the hostilities and their consequences.

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