|Photo credit: The Red Phoenix|
On May 18th Marat Saychenko and Oleg Sidyakin, two journalists working for Life News, were arrested by Ukrainian security forces. Several days later the Ukrainian National Guard detained Graham Phillips, a freelance journalist from the UK, “on suspicion of being a spy.” All of these men have ties to RT and Life News, organizations that have long been considered to be distributors of propaganda for Kremlin-Russian sponsored TV. The RT itself released a report claiming that Ukraine had denied some journalists entry into the country and had even refused to release information about the locations of several detained journalists within it’s borders
|According to the BBC, "Life News has complained|
that its reporters were mistreated by the Ukrainian military"
Photo credit: BBC
Is it a moral paradox for Ukraine to seek refuge and safety from an oppressive regime, as well as stave off imperialistic efforts by its supposedly repressive neighbor Russia, but then resort to the same types of behavior itself? By arresting journalists, refusing to disclose their locations, and denying the press entry into its borders, Ukraine is perpetuating an inherent contradiction. If the people leading Ukraine have learned anything from their past, they will ensure the freedom of all press with in their borders. If they don’t they will risk compromising the entire movement that has gripped their nation by resembling the abusive and oppressive conduct that they have been fighting against all along.
- William Korte
The Red and Black