Ukraine Blocks Journalists From Front Lines With Escalating Censorship

After Ukrainian forces regained control of the port city of Kherson last November, following eight months of Russian occupation, some journalists entered the liberated city within hours. Without formal permission to be there, they documented the jubilant crowds welcoming soldiers with hugs and Ukrainian flags. Ukrainian officials, who tightly control press access to the front lines, responded by revoking the journalists’ press credentials, claiming that they had “ignored existing restrictions.” 

In the months since then, as Ukraine has sought to liberate more territory occupied by Russia, the Ukrainian government has intensified its efforts to control the narrative of the war by tightening journalists’ access to the conflict. “After that, things started getting worse. … They have tried to place more control on journalists,” Katerina Sergatskova, editor-in-chief of Zaborona Media, an independent Ukrainian publication, told The Intercept. “Now it’s really hard to make reports from Kherson, for example.”

Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion last year, Ukrainian authorities have threatened, revoked, or denied press credentials of journalists working for half a dozen Ukrainian and foreign news outlets because of their coverage, the news outlet Semafor reported earlier this month. In one recent example, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense did not renew the

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A United Front Is Essential to Battle the Danger to Journalism Posed by the Assange Prosecution

Media unions, impartial journalists, and civil libertarians have for three years argued that Julian Assange need to not be prosecuted by the US Division of Justice for obtaining and publishing labeled materials that disclosed the extent of US wrongdoing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, as the WikiLeaks founder fights extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States, they’ve gotten some strong allies.

In a letter dispatched Monday to Lawyer Typical Merrick Garland, The New York Situations joined four important European publications—The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El País—to argue that the endeavor to go immediately after Assange working with the Espionage Act “sets a unsafe precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s Initially Amendment and the independence of the push.” The issue is that, by prosecuting Assange underneath the draconian regulation that was penned in 1917 to prohibit interference with military services operations or recruitment during World War I, the Justice Section could generate a new instrument for overwhelming investigative reporters who simply request to inform

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