The Ukrainian authorities have revoked the accreditation of journalists from various media outlets for covering the situation in Kherson, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced.
As the department stated, journalists «ignoring existing prohibitions, without the consent of the relevant commanders and public relations services of military units carried out information activities in Kherson before the completion of stabilization measures.»
At the same time, the office did not specify names of the media.
«Consequently, a number of media representatives who violated the rules of work in the warfare area had their work permits revoked, and their International Press Card (IPC) declared invalid,» the statement said.
In its turn, the Ukrainian media report that at least six journalists lost their work permits, including CNN and SkyNews representatives.
The reason for such a harsh reaction of Kiev to the journalists’ visit to Kherson, apparently, was footage from the city published by Western media, in which a man with a Ukrainian flag raises his hand in a Nazi salute, which contradicts the official statements of the Ukrainian authorities about the absence of Nazism in the country.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Vladymyr Zelensky said that Kiev did not intend to let journalists into Kherson, motivating the ban by the need to «carry out demining.»