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War correspondents urged Zelensky to explain reason for holding them off front line in Donbass

12.03.2020, 18:09
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War correspondents for Ukrainian national TV channels appealed to president Volodymyr Zelensky to explain why journalists were not allowed to cover the developments at the frontline in Donbass, as well as why they are hiding the number of attacks by militia targeting the positions of the Ukrainian military.

The video appeal was posted on March 12 by journalists on their Facebook pages, as Detektor Media reported.

The journalists called Volodymyr Zelensky to meet them “without cameras” and discuss the issue with journalists of national channels.

The flashmonb #open your eyes of to the_war_ and # truth about the_war has been joined by correspondents of Ukraina TV channel Tetyaana Uralova, Yegor Loginov, and Oleksiy Kashporovsky; ICTV correspondents Volodymyr Mihaylov and Tetyana Nakonechna; Kanal 5 correspondents Yevhania Kytayeva and Anna Kudryavtseva; The 24th Channel correspondent Yevgeny Nazarenko; 1 + 1 correspondent Natalya Nagorna; Inter correspondent Iryna Baglay; former UATV correspondent Anastasia Fedchenko; former 1 + 1 correspondent and UATV presenter Yevgeny Agarkov. 

To remind that on March 10 the TV crews with TV channels “Ukraina” and ICTV were refused to to take video of training of engineering troops in Karlovka of Donetsk region, referring to secrecy of these exercises. However, later the press was admitted to the spot.

On October 30, 2019, a TSN correspondent reported that Ukrainian journalists were not allowed to get in the area of ​​troop withdrawal in the Donbass. Passage for journalists is closed to Katerynivka and Zolote-4 of the Luhansk region, in the area of ​​which since October 29 the disengagement of forces from the line of demarcation has begun.

On October 29, at 12.00 in the Luhansk region in the district of Zolote-4, the process of disengagement of forces on both sides to a distance of one kilometer from the demarcation line on both sides began.

On November 6, 2019, photojournalist with Maks Levin  said that the Joint Forces Operations headquarters had denied him accreditation to the JFO area. The reason, as follows from the response of the headquarters, was the violation of the rules of work in the JFO area, but they failed to precise which violation it was question.

On November 7, 2019, the NGO "Institute of Mass Iformation" called on the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine and law enforcement agencies to abide by the legislation of Ukraine on information and not exceed the statutory authority to grant accreditation to media representatives for work in the area of ​​the JFO. “The accreditation of journalists in the Joint Forces Operation area should be accorded based on clear and public rules, in accordance with clearly defined criteria. This is inadmissible to "manually handle" the issues of accreditation of the journalists without determining the criteria for accordance of accreditation for the journalists”, as IMI said in the letter addressed to the Minister of Defense.

On December 4, 2019, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine declared that there were no restrictions or "manual control" of the process of accrediting journalists for work in the area of ​​the Joined Forces Operation (JFO).

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