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Ukraine denies entry to Italian journalist, says he's biased

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities have denied entry to an Italian journalist, accusing him of an "anti-Ukrainian" bias.

Marc Innaro, a correspondent for the Italian RAI state television, has been barred from entering Ukraine when he arrived in the country to cover Sunday's presidential vote.

Oleh Slobodyan, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Border Guards, said Monday that Innaro was refused entry because he "frequently engaged in anti-Ukrainian rhetoric in his reports." Slobodyan also charged that Innaro had failed to get accredited with election authorities in advance.

The move follows Ukraine's denial of entry to a journalist from Austria's national broadcaster ORF who was declared a "threat to national security." Austria criticized the ban as an "unacceptable act of censorship."

Ukraine denies entry to Italian journalist, says he's biased
Ukraine denies entry to Italian journalist, says he's biased