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International Federation of Journalists slams Kiev for barring media from entering Donbas

Brussels, Dec 4 (Sputnik) Banning journalists from entering any country is contrary to democratic principles and freedom of information, Anthony Bellanger, the secretary general of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), told Sputnik on Tuesday after Kiev’s decision to ban foreign journalists from entering the territory of Crimea and Donbas.
On Friday, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova said that entry to Crimea and Donbas for foreign journalists is prohibited for the period of martial law. Later, the ministry updated the requirements for Kiev's approval for foreign journalists' visit to Crimea, which included a passport and a special one-time permit.
"Any prohibition for a journalist to enter any territory is a real problem, as a journalist must be able to carry out his task of informing, and it is within the framework of democracy. Whether it is in Ukraine or elsewhere. There are no boundaries or prohibitions on freedom of information," Bellanger said when asked to comment on the decision taken by Kiev.
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