Since the beginning of 2019, 208 journalists have been affected as a result of their professional activities. This was stated by the director of the Institute of Mass Information, Oksana Romanyuk during the parliamentary hearings on the topic "Security of journalistic activities in Ukraine". It was broadcasted by the official Rada channel.
"Since the beginning of the year, over the last 10 months of this year, 208 journalists have been affected in Ukraine due to their professional activities," Romanyuk stated.
It is worth mentioning Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseev, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. It was reported by "DAN" with reference to the Prosecutor’s Office of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
Aseev was found guilty of a number of crimes under the articles "organization of extremist community", "espionage", "incitement to espionage", "public calls for carrying out extremist activities" and "public calls for actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity".
As we reported earlier, U.S. Embassy in Kyiv urged to investigate the murders of the Ukrainian Pravda Internet Edition Georgy Gongadze and journalist of the Ukrainian Pravda Pavlo Sheremeta as well as other journalists. It is said in the official statement of the Embassy published on its Twitter page due to the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.