Christian Wehrschuetz, a correspondent with Austria’s leading ORF broadcaster, said it is increasingly hard for him and his employees to feel safe in modern-day Ukraine, Kronen Zeitung reported, citing excerpts from Wehrschuetz’s letter to the channel’s management and the Austrian government.
Wehrschuetz, who started his journalistic career in the mid-1980s, reportedly said there are “militant ultranationalist groups threatening journalists who critically report on the policies of Ukraine’s leadership and try to stay objective.”
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The journalist claimed he and his employees were “harassed” while performing their duties as were other reporters critical of the Kiev regime. Wehrschuetz has recently been listed as a “Kremlin agent” by a Ukrainian vigilante website posipaka.org which found him guilty of producing reports from post-2014 Crimea.
The website, whose name stands for ‘henchman’ in Ukrainian, sees its mission in naming and blaming foreign reporters and politicians who are even remotely sympathetic towards Moscow.