Kiev ‘Scores Own Goal’ by Sanctioning Journalists – Czech Politician

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Kiev has scored a goal against itself due to its sanctions against the press, a Czech politician and journalist on the Ukraine blacklist told Sputnik Ceska Republika on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukraine expanded its sanctions list on Wednesday to include 388 individuals, mostly state officials, politicians and journalists, based in Russia, EU and several other countries. The sanctions stipulate year-long entry bans and asset freezes.

"The list has triggered a backlash in Europe. I mean some mainstream media that called it a shameful attack on freedom of press. It looks like Kiev has scored an own goal with it," Ladislav Zemanek said.

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Zemanek, who is on the Ukrainian blacklist for monitoring local elections in Donbass last year, said that by sanctioning journalists the Ukrainian government "showed political amateurishness, lack of foresight and immaturity."

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe condemned Ukraine’s latest sanctions move on Thursday with OSCE media freedom representative Dunja Mijatovic urging the Ukrainian president to exclude all journalists from the list.

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