International Federation of Journalists reacted to the attack of NewsOne TV channel journalist Violetta Tovkes, which happened in the middle of a broadcast in Kyiv during a ceremony honoring the Holodomor victims on November 28.
“We firmly condemn the attack against Violetta Tovkes and urgently call on Ukrainian authorities to conduct a swift investigation into this aggression and bring the attacker to justice,” IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said.
He noted that media pluralism implied that all voices must be heard.
“We support our affiliate's fight for media freedom. Journalists must be able to report free of fear and the government must ensure they work under safe conditions,” he added.
At the same time, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) noted that the level of violence against journalists remained very high in Ukraine.
“This year, we have again registered 10 alerts related to Ukraine on the Council of Europe Platform for the Safety of Journalists, including cases of physical attacks and arson. The Ukrainian authorities must do everything possible to improve the protection of reporters, in partnership with journalists' organisations,” EFJ General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez said.
Earlier, an unknown person attacked a NewsOne journalist on air at a ceremony of commemoration of the victims of Holodomors, which took place in Kyiv on Saturday, November 28. The correspondent was telling Ukrainians what events are held on the Day of Remembrance of Holodomor Victims. At 16:03 a masked man approached her, knocked the microphone and a candle out of her hands, and also started to push the young woman. At the same time, he shouted something emotionally and walked away.
A criminal case was opened into the attack.
The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine has already reacted to this outrageous incident. And the Member of the European Parliament Maximilian Krah said that the European community wanted to receive an official response from the Ukrainian authorities regarding this incident.