Sheremet’s murder: Interior Ministry summons 10 workers of Channel 17
16:43, 19 September 2016

Sheremet’s murder: Interior Ministry summons 10 workers of Channel 17

Reporters working for the media were the first eyewitnesses of the tragedy

16:43, 19 September 2016

An investigator from the Interior Ministry summoned 10 workers of Channel 17, the TV channel whose reporters were the first to witness the murder of well-known opposition journalist Pavlo Sheremet. Detector Media outlet reported this with reference to the channel’s reporter Andriy Lashch.

According to the journalist, an investigator reached the channel’s central office on September 14 and summoned ten workers, including Lashch, for an interview. The interviews will be taking place in Kyiv, starting from September 20.

The first video, which was shot directly at the crime scene where Sheremet was killed, belongs to Channel 17. It was clearly visible that the reporter was still alive at the moment of the filming.

Channel 17’s workers explained that their appearance on the crime scene was purely coincidental, as they intended to record an interview with Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. However, it turned out that the mayor was not in Kyiv on that day.     

Journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed the morning of July 20 in the explosion of his car in the downtown Kyiv. The car belonged to CEO of Internet outlet  ‘Ukrainska Pravda’ Olena Prytula. The police qualified the explosion of car with Sheremet as murder.

Pavlo Sheremet was Ukrainian and Russian journalist of Belarusian origin. The 44-year-old is widely famous for his criticism of Russian and Belarusian leaders – Putin and Lukashenko, respectively. Sheremet was imprisoned by the government of Belarus in 1997, sparking an international incident between Belarus and Russia. The New York Times has described him as "known for his crusading reports about political abuses in Belarus" and "a thorn in the side of Lukashenko's autocratic government". He was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award in 1999 and the OSCE Prize for Journalism and Democracy in 2002.

He was married with two children, a son and a daughter. He also had a son with Canadian photographer Heidi Hollinger.

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