Russia withdraws German reporter′s EURO 2020 accreditation | News | DW

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Russian authorities have withdrawn a German journalist’s entry to cowl the European Championship video games in St. Petersburg, German public broadcaster WDR stated Friday. 

European soccer’s governing physique UEFA had already authorised Robert Kempe’s license in the beginning of Might, WDR stated in an announcement. 

“However, he was informed in writing that local authorities in one country had rejected his accreditation after a ‘background screening,'” the assertion learn, including that UEFA confirmed the nation was Russia. 

UEFA stated the accreditation of the award-winning journalist would stay legitimate for the opposite 10 EURO 2020 venues throughout the continent.

WDR stated it was engaged on discovering an alternate, noting that accreditation would simplify visa process. 

‘Restriction of press freedom’

“We call on Russia to provide clarification and to grant our colleague free access to the Russian venues so that he can carry out his work as a journalist on site,” stated WDR editor-in-chief Ellen Ehni.

“We see this as a restriction of press freedom that is unacceptable to us,” Ehni added. 

WDR stated Kempe, who has been its journalist for over a decade, has reported on the intersection between politics and sports activities and produced a number of tasks about Russia. 

Final month, Kempe reported on Russia’s state-owned power firm Gazprom and its connections to European soccer.