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11 journalists were assaulted in Ukraine in September
15:39, 2 October 2017
11 journalists were assaulted in Ukraine in September

Majority of the incidents happened in the capital

15:39, 2 October 2017

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As a result of the monitoring, 11 cases physical force use against media workers were recorded during September. This was reported in the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, Radio Liberty reports.

According to the report, the majority of incidents - four - were in Kyiv and the region, two - in each Odesa and in Donetsk region, one in each - in Zaporizhia, Rivne region and Poltava region.

As reported by the National Union of Journalists, among those who were attacked in September were the journalist of the 1+1 TV channel, who with the crew prepared a plot about illegal amber diggers in the Rivne region: journalist Oleksiy Marchenko from Vasylkiv of Kyiv region, who, as he said, was beaten for an investigation of the activities of one MP; journalist Mykhailo Tkach, who was attacked by the employees of the State Guard Department during filming of the Schemes program with the crew.

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"Physical aggression and rude treatment of journalists is no longer a rarity for the Ukrainian media environment. But at least from law enforcers journalists should expect protection, not the same aggression as from those illegal amber-diggers," the chairman of the NUJU Sergei Tomilenko said.

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Soon, the NUJU promised to present the physical security index of journalists –to monitor all cases of the use of force, starting from January 2017.

As it was reported earlier one of the Kremlin-controlled courts in Simferopol sentenced Crimean journalist Mykola Semena on September 22. According to Krym.Realii, the journalist was sentenced for 2,5 years of probation with three more years of control, and was prohibited to engage in public activities.

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