Vienna, 8 March 2019
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) called on Ukraine to reverse its decision to ban Christian Wehrschütz, a reporter working for the Austrian public radio and TV ORF, from entering the country for one year.
According to information from Ukraine, Wehrschütz is barred from entering Ukraine for one year starting on March 6 because he poses a threat to national security and had illegally entered Russia-occupied Crimea and territories under control of Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
“Christian Wehrschütz has been working as the ORF correspondent in Ukraine for many years. This decission by Ukranian authorities is a clear violation of press freedom”, said SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic.