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Council of Europe reports of attack against 112 Ukraine TV channel as intimidation of journalists

The message of the CoE also clearly states that the TV channel received a warning before the attack, though the law enforcement bodies have never taken any action, thus the news agency strengthened its protection on its own
16:06, 16 July 2019

112 Ukraine TV channel shelled from grenade launcher
112 Agency

On 13 July 2019, two unidentified persons targeted the office of the private TV channel '112 Ukraine' on Dehtiarivska street 21G, in Kyiv, using a grenade launcher, Council of Europe report on their official website in the Harassment and intimidation of journalists category.

The message also clearly states that the TV channel received a warning before the attack, though the law enforcement bodies have never taken any action, thus the news agency strengthened its protection on its own.

“Channel 112 had received a warning earlier this week after the TV had planned to broadcast the public premiere of the documentary "Revealing Ukraine". Some employees of '112 Ukraine' received messages with threats. The documentary was considered as "anti-Ukrainian narratives of Kremlin propaganda" by the Ministry of Information Policy. Channel 112 canceled the broadcasting in order to avoid possible legal consequences and requested police protection, but the police didn't follow-up on the request, neither before the attack or after, according to the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. '112 Ukraine' now strengthened its protection on its own,” reads the message.

The Security Service of Ukraine has started an investigation of the attack.

Related: Statement of 112 Ukraine TV Channel regarding attack on July 13

As it was reported earlier, on the night of July 13, two unknown persons shelled the building of the 112 Ukraine TV channel on Dehtiarivska street 21G, Kyiv from a grenade launcher. Police qualify the incident as a terrorist act, the press service of the National Police reported.

Related: OSCE condemns attack on 112 Ukraine TV channel

At 3:40, the police received a message that local residents had heard a sound like an explosion on Dehtiarivska Street in the Shevchenko district of the city. Investigative-operational groups of the district and Chief Department of the Police, bomb technology, dog trainers and patrol crews immediately arrived at the scene.

Related: Statement of 112 Ukraine International Editorial Board on terrorist act against TV Channel and protection of rights of journalists in Ukraine

Besides, a massive DDoS attack has been launched against the 112.ua website on the week end. The unknown hackers tried to gain access to the admin panel of the 112.ua.

Related: Statement of 112 Ukraine TV Channel Director General Yehor Benkendorf

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