Roman Sushchenko, the illegally detained Ukrainian reporter arrested under trumped-up charges in Russia, has been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards for journalists – UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom prize. Ukrinform, the news agency Sushchenko works for reported that on Thursday evening.
The outlet quoted Serhiy Tomilenko, the acting head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. Commenting on this decision by the Ukrainian authority, Tomilenko said that Sushchenko is a true professional reporter detained in Russia ‘for his loyalty to ideals of true journalism’.
The official said UNESCO office already confirmed the fact of receiving the application by the Union.
The winner of this year’s Guillermo Cano prize will be named on May 3, on the World Day of Press Freedom, implemented by the UN.
Previously, the Moscow court left Roman Sushchenko in detention, declining his defense team’s appeal.
As 112 International reported, Sushchenko was detained in Moscow in late September; he was accused of espionage and arrested. On November, 2, the court extended the imprisonment for Suschchenko for another two months – until late January 2017.