Sunday, 22 December 2013
Georgian Journalist Barred From Entering Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian authorities have refused entry to a Georgian journalist. Davit Kakulia, a journalist from Georgia's Rustavi 2 television station, was briefly detained by border guards upon arrival in Kiev airport and deported on December 20, according to Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia. Kakulia was also informed by Ukrainian border guards that he was banned by the security services from entering Ukraine for one year for "suspicious activities." Kakulia was covering pro-EU demonstrations in Kiev that started last month following the rejection of a key association deal by the Ukrainian government. Last week, Ukraine's Security and Immigration Services ordered two Georgian journalists from the Tabula television channel to leave the country within 24 hours. Tabula has been running live coverage from Kiev of the standoff between police and pro-EU protesters.