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.