"Ukraine is legitimately concerned about the effects of Russian propaganda, but cracking down on media freedom is a misguided, inappropriate response to whatever disagreement the Ukrainian government may have with Russia’s media coverage about Ukraine," Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Researcher Tanya Cooper stated. "Targeting journalists in this way inevitably encourages censorship."
In addition to the latest ban, that was imposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a May 27 decree, Ukraine had blacklisted earlier 41 journalists and bloggers from several countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Israel, the release explained.
"The European Union, United States and others need to make clear that they do not support such arbitrary measures against the media, and encourage President Poroshenko and his government to respect media freedom even if they disagree with the coverage by certain outlets."
Ukraine aspires to join the European Union, where decrees targeting journalists would most likely be considered illegal, unless a nation first declared an official state of emergency, the release noted.