Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Information Policy Tetyana Popova announced resignation from her office on August 3 (Facebook). The now former official said she strongly disagrees on ‘attacks on reporters and attacks on freedom of speech by political organizations and individual officials’, and thus leaves the government.
Previously, Popova, known for her volunteering activity, actively supported the idea to close the Myrotvorets’ website. In May 2016, the web portal released the list of some 4 000 reporters across the globe who received accreditations in the so-called DPR and LPR – the self-proclaimed pro-Kremlin ‘republics’ in eastern Ukraine. In breach of the Ukrainian and international law, personal data of the reporters was screened – names, phone numbers, e-mails and information about their period of stay in the occupied territories. Many reporters condemned such actions of the website, demanding to delete the personal data; some of them said they took phone calls and received messages with threats.