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MOSCOW, June 11./TASS/. Russia should not behave like other countries that hamper the work of reporters, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the World Congress of Russian Press on Thursday.
"A whole range of countries already have "blacklists" of journalists banning them from fulfilling their duties, limiting travel and violating other fundamental rights," Medvedev said, comparing this practice to the Soviet times.
"Local authorities pursue their political goals and fight against Moscow’s "agents of influence," the prime minister said, adding: "Russia should not act like these countries and adopt the same approach."
Russian journalists and correspondents from Russian-language foreign media outlets are facing obstacles when covering events in some countries, Medvedev said.
Ukraine’s parliament on February 12 voted to suspend media accreditation for Russian journalists at the country’s governmental bodies. State security officials have listed more than 100 Russian media organisations stripped of rights to send journalists to all official events at Ukrainian ministries and agencies until Kiev’s military operation in the country’s embattled eastern region ends.
In early March, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry announced suspension of accreditation for Russian media to its own events. Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov said Russia had no plans to restrict professional activities of Ukrainian journalists unless they violated Russian laws.