Ukrainian News Website Strana.ua Banned
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has banned the news website strana.ua by a decree published on 21 August 2021. Lawyers have criticised a “lack of legal basis”. The authorities also announced sanctions against the outlet’s editor-in-chief, Ihor Huzhva, who is living in Austrian exile since 2018, citing the protection of national security. The ban is based on a submission by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), that reports to the President. In a statement, the SBU described the strana.ua journalists as “pro-Russian propagandists”.
Sergiy Tomilenko, the President of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU), said: “The extrajudicial blocking of opposition media amounts to a forfeiture of the legal safeguards of press independence.”