Aggression level towards journalists rises in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

56% journalists participating in the poll agree with this opinion
12:17, 31 August 2017

The level of the aggression towards the journalists during the performance of their professional duties grows in Ukraine. The results come from the opinion poll of the mass media workers held by the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU).

According to the poll, 56% of the journalists participating in the poll noted that the aggression level towards the journalists grown in recent times.

According to the Chairman of NUJU Sergy Tomilenko, these results confirm that the issue of the security of the journalists is the serious problem in the media sphere.

‘The NUJU thinks that the government and the law enforcements should publicly report for the criminal investigations against the journalists in front of the community because the absence of the justice and consistent impunity is the direct responsibility of the law enforcements’, he said.

Earlier, it was reported about the arson of the Inter TV Channel office. 7 people suffered in the result of the incident. The criminal proceeding is opened under three articles: hooliganism, malicious mischief and obstruction of media activities.

Also, the mass media reported about the murder of the famous journalist Pavlo Sheremet on July 20, 2016. He died in the result of the explosion in the downtown of Kyiv. The police classified the car explosion as the intentional homicide. The investigation of it continues.

This year SBU held the searches at the editor's office of and the flats of two journalists of this edition. The chief editor of Igor Guzhva connected this with the critical articles towards the MP of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Linko (Radical Party). According to him, the criminal case against the edition was fabricated. Later Guzhva was detained and transferred to the Main Department of the National Police of Kyiv. He was sentenced to the detention in the custody with the possibility of the bailment in the sum of 21.2 thousand of dollars. He emerged from the Lukyanisvska Prison on June 27 and claimed that two more investigations are prepared against him.

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