Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance.
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine.
The majority of Russian journalists (the Kremlin propagandists to be exact), who are actually complicit in the crimes of pro-Russian terrorists in Donbas, have crossed all possible boundaries of common sense in their anti-Ukrainian activity.
We’ve long been seeing from them blatant propaganda and the creation of a positive image of terrorism; anti-Ukrainian propaganda aimed at undermining the image of Ukrainian power structures, Ukrainian authorities, and the Ukrainian state as a whole; [their] direct participation in the interrogations of Ukrainian special forces (hence their participation in kidnappings); direct participation in provocations against Ukrainian servicemen; carrying out intelligence activities for the benefit of gangs and Russian intelligence services.
Such conduct by people hiding behind their journalist “badge” is unacceptable.
In this regard, during consulations with state agencies on the matter, Information Resistance raised the issue of the termination of such criminal activity on the part of the majority of Russian media representatives.
We have proposed:
1. To declare Russian journalists engaged in such activity personae non gratae and deport them from the country. (The mechanism is currently under discussion–as much as if, for example, in the case of their participation in interrogations or filming military facilities without permission, there are no problems in providing evidence of criminal activity, in cases of carrying out anti-Ukrainian propaganda it raises legal nuances);
2. To delay representatives of Russian media who are accredited by organizations that are legally identified as terrorist–“Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic,” as well as terrorist formations that are part of these organizations. To incriminate them for participation in terrorist activities.
3. To organize a unified accreditation for the operation of all journalists who work in the zone of the anti-terrorist operation, at the ATO Headquarters. A profile group at the ATO headquarters must ensure the safety and effectiveness of work by the media representatives. (Currently, state agencies are developing appropriate mechanisms).
We’d like to inform you that we received full understanding from the state agencies. Relevant work is already underway. On our side, we voiced our full readiness to help out and participate in initiatives aimed at protection of the information space of Ukraine as a public initiative.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB