Ukraine de-lists foreign journalists but sanctions Russian media executives

The Ukrainian government has de-listed 29 foreign journalists from its targeted sanctions against people and entities it believes to be involved in the crisis in the east of Ukraine.  Among the de-listed are journalists associated with Russian state media, and others from Israel and Europe. Speaking in September last year, following Ukraine’s addition of around 382 people and 100 entities to the sanctions, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn expressed his concern that sanctioning journalists was “not European in spirit” (see previous blog).

However, at the same time as de-listing journalist, Ukraine has imposed new sanctions on 17 executives and representatives of Russian media outlets.  The list of new targets includes General Director of TASS news agency Sergei Mikhailov, owner of the Pravda.Ru holding company Vadim Gorshenin, and Editor-In-Chief of television channel Russia Today Margarita Simonyan.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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