Austria granted asylum to the chief editor of the Country Igor Guszh
Country editor-in-chief Igor Guzhva was granted asylum in Austria. About this he said in his Facebook.
“Today I received a notice that the authorities of the Republic of Austria satisfied my application and granted me asylum!
I want to say a huge thank you to all those who helped me on this way. Dozens of people in Ukraine and in other countries, and here in Austria, came to the rescue. Many completely unexpected for me.
I am very grateful to all of you!
And, of course, I am grateful to the authorities of the Republic of Austria for making such a decision.
For Ukraine, both for the Ukrainian authorities and for Ukrainian journalists, I think this will also be an important signal. In Europe, people no longer believe in stories about the “inhuman freedom of speech”. Here everyone understands everything. And draw conclusions.
We work on! ”
Igor Guzhva left Ukraine in early 2018. He traveled to Vienna, where he sought asylum in connection with the persecution in Ukraine.
The editor-in-chief of the “Country” was able to leave Ukraine when his preventive measure ended on a trumped-up case of extortion. Besides him, four more cases were opened against our manager.
The pressure on the “Country” continues from 2017. Then Igor Guzhva was detained, and the editorial office of the publication twice searched. Security forces also broke into the homes of our journalists.
Interestingly, political asylum was granted immediately after we disclosed the “Pushkin agent” – an SBU operative who recruited Vyacheslav Seleznev, the photographer of the “Country”, with blackmail and threats.
Information taken from: https://strana.ua/news/164053-ihor-huzhva-poluchil-ubezhishche-v-avstrii-strana-jua-novosti.html