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Searches at Kseniya Babych: National Union of Journalists of Ukraine express their concern
18:35, 21 October 2016
Searches at Kseniya Babych: National Union of Journalists of Ukraine express their concern

It is dangerous for Ukrainian journalists to work in the Russian Federation today, - Tomilenko

18:35, 21 October 2016

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The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine is concerned with the situation with the searches at Kseniya Babych, the stringer for 112 Ukraine TV channel amid the arrest of Ukrinform reporter Roman Sushchenko. This was announced by the first secretary and acting head of the union Serhiy Tomilenko.

“We are deeply concerned by the situation around searches in the apartment of the special correspondent for 112 Ukraine TV channel amid the gross arrest of Roman Sushchenko. Now the editorial stuff strives for more information on the case. I applied to the National Union of Journalists of Russia to involve human rights advocates and other channels of obtaining information. Afterwards, when there is more information, I’ll appeal to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to get their claim of concern and solidarity. Now the main task is to attract maximum attention to this case. It is dangerous for Ukrainian journalists to work in the Russian Federation today,” announced Tomilenko.

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“We recommend Ukrainian journalists to hold back from personal trips to the Russian Federation, in case they travel in business it is recommendable to get all the necessary accreditation,” noted the acting head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

As we reported earlier today, Moscow law enforcers conducted searches in the flat of the press-secretary of Justice Initiative Kseniya Babych.

Related: Searches at Kseniya Babych: 112 Ukraine TV channel statement

An interview of Kseniya Babych which followed the search lasted for three hours. Kseniya is staying in her status of the witness in the case of the Right Sector. This was reported by the 112 Ukraine TV channel stringer Olga Osipova, the colleague of Kseniya, from the scene.

Kseniya Babych is the string correspondent for 112 Ukraine TV channel. The channel has been putting all efforts to protect her in Russia.

Previously on September 30, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiated a criminal case against a number of Right Sector leaders and activists, namely, against, Dmytro Yarosh and Andriy Tarasenko, and its directors Andriy Stempitsky, Valeriya Voronova and others. They are accused of extremism.

Related: Searches at Kseniya Babych: Investigators believe first interrogation is most important

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