Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
Within the framework of countering enemy propaganda entrance on the territory of Ukraine was forbidden for nearly 100 “specific” citizens of the Russian Federation. This was stated by the president Petro Poroshenko, speaking on the occasion of the Day of the SBU, reports the press service of the head of State.
“The fewer shots there are in the combat zone, the more activity of the enemy in the rear there is: the aggressor persistently tries to shift the epicenter of the hybrid war as close as possible to the heart of Ukraine, to Kiev,” said the president.
He noted that in 2017 sentences were pronounced to 13 “traitors” under the “treason” Article, and the SBU foiled 17 acts of terrorism and 8 sabotage attempts.
“This is about the spiritual descendants of Goebbels, who are involved in the information war against Ukraine, presenting themselves as journalists, bloggers, experts. The courts pronounced 36 sentences to owners and administrators of communities and pages on VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, and even Facebook for committing crimes provided by Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. These are actions that aim to violently change or overthrow the constitutional system or to seize State power,” said Poroshenko.
It would appear that while Mr Poroshenko was pretending to be the great defender of Ukraine against “Russian aggression”, he forgot to mention the following facts:
- The deputy head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission Benjamin Moreau stated that the “Mirotvorets“ website operated by Bankova Street “violates the right to privacy and the presumption of innocence” and urged Kiev to investigate the disclosure of journalists’ private data.
- Expressing his concern about Kiev’s practice of detaining and expulsing foreign journalists from Ukraine, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir stated that “expelling journalists from or denying them entry to Ukraine are troubling and excessive measures, especially as these actions lack transparency and a proper appeal mechanism”.
- Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba was jailed by the Kiev regime for “attempting to disrupt the mobilisation for the ATO”, but his sentence was later repealed by the Court of Appeal of Ukraine. The same thing happened to Dmitry Vasilets and Evgeny Timonin – they were jailed for 9 years, and then, after pressure arrived from the European parliament in the form of a petition signed by a dozen or so European Parliamentarians, the sentence was cancelled by the Court of Appeal of Ukraine.
- In Ukraine posting a photo of a St. George’s Ribbon on Facebook is enough to “break the law” and be summoned by the SBU for questioning. I.e., when Poroshenko says “actions that aim to violently change or overthrow the constitutional system or to seize State power”, he isn’t talking about military operations. He means simply showing any support for the Russian world on the Internet.
- In March, 2018, Amnesty International published a report entitled “Amnesty International Urges Ukraine to Ensure Greater Protection Against Violence for Women, Children, Journalists and Activists”. Inside the report the “human rights” organisation writes:
“…Amnesty International notes with great concern the increase since 2016 in physical violence, including beatings and murder, against independent journalists and civil society organizations. The organization urges the Ukrainian government to urgently investigate the killings of journalists Oles Buzina and Pavlo Sheremet, and other attacks, as committed to during the review.”
Of course, Kiev has absolutely no intention of investigating its own bloody crimes, but Washington uses the fact of these crimes being committed as a way to put pressure on Poroshenko when there is a need.
- Amnesty International also called for Kiev to drop all charges against the detained journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who was literally arrested by the SBU in the same maternity ward where his son was born.
- Human Rights Watch also criticised Kiev’s repressive apparatus in relation to journalists. A researcher at the organisation said:
“The Ukrainian government’s practice of accusing journalists of anti-Ukraine bias, then expelling them or denying them entry, is a serious violation of its international human rights commitments … The authorities should make Ukraine a country where media can convey different views without fear of retaliation.”
- Most of the time the SBU break into the apartments or offices of “suspected criminals” in journalism without first waiting for a lawyer to be present. This is the case with the raids on the “Strana“ and “Vesti“ publications, as well as independent writers such as Dmitry Gubin. Concerning the death threats received by journalists – Poroshenko “forgot” to mention this in his congratulatory message to the SBU.
- As for Poroshenko’s “Goebbels” comment, he forgot to mention that his own troops design their callsign after Goebbels himself…
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