Attack on Schemes journalists: EU concerns over incident

Source : 112 Ukraine

EU calls for investigation of attack on media representatives
19:01, 6 October 2021

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The European Union expressed concern over the attack on the film crew of the Schemes project (Skhemy) during an interview with the head of Ukreximbank, Yevhen Metzger, in his office as European Truth reported citing Spokesperson for the external affairs of the EU Peter Stano.

"The news of the attack on investigative journalists working on the Schemes project associated with Radio Liberty is troubling," the spokesman said.

“The EU provides great importance to the safety of journalists. They need to feel secure and able to do their job freely. Reports of violence against journalists must be thoroughly investigated,” the speaker added.

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On October 4, reporters of the Schemes project were attacked in the office of Ukreximbank during the interview with the bank’s head Yevhen Metzger in his office. The bank employees used physical force against the Schemes cameraman, took away two cameras from him, and removed the recorded video.

Soon, the journalists of 'Schemes' project restored the video, which was destroyed by the employees of the financial institution on the orders of its head Yevhen Metzger. The Supervisory Board of the state-owned Ukreximbank announced the start of a check of the reports about attacks on Schemes journalists during an interview with the bank's management.

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The President’s Office stood for suspension and dismissal of Yevhen Metzger. In his turn, Metzger wrote that he wrote a letter for suspension for the time of investigation.

The Supervisory Board made a decision to suspend Yevhen Metzger for the time of internal investigation.


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