Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE ACCREDITATION EXCLUSION OF SWISS JOURNALIST ANNELI GUENTER

10 September 2021
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In early September, humanitarian aid from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was delivered to the Donetsk People's Republic. For media coverage of the delivery and distribution of this aid, the journalist of the Swiss newspaper "20 Minuten" Anneli Guenter applied for the accreditation of a foreign correspondent in the Republic. This request for accreditation, in which only coverage of the humanitarian SDC mission was applied as the visit purpose to the DPR, was considered in accordance with the Republican legislation and satisfied.

However, during her visit, Mrs. Guenter did not follow the plans outlined in the application, but was engaged in provocative activities. In particular, the journalist openly demonstrated bias and even hostility towards the Republic’s residents, tried to find out confidential information and made negative comments that humiliate the honor and dignity of citizens.

In connection with a gross violation of the Rules for accreditation of foreign correspondents and technical employees of foreign media in the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic, approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Donetsk People's Republic of December 17, 2016 No. 13-26, the authorities of the Republic decided to deprive Ms. Guenter of a journalist accreditation on the basis of subparagraph 7.7.1. of the rules.

We draw the attention of all representatives of foreign media about the need to comply with the legislation of the Donetsk People's Republic. We remind you that the accreditation received by a foreign correspondent presupposes the existence of not only rights, but also obligations in the course of carrying out journalistic activities on the Republic’s territory.