The journalists memorial in American News Museum (Newseum), which comprises the engraved names of media representatives who were killed while performing professional duties, was completed with 14 surnames this year, including Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet. This was reported on the official Newseum website.
“The journalists recognized on this memorial laid down their lives in their effort to serve the public, many of them continuing to work after being attacked or facing death threats," said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute.
Among those, who completed the sad memorial lines this year, were media representatives of printed, radio, television and electronic versions from Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Somalia, Syria and Ukraine.
Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv in the morning of July 20, 2016. The car he was driving exploded in the city’s downtown. The vehicle belonged to his civilian wife, Editor-in-Chief of Ukrainska Pravda outlet Olena Prytula; she was not in the car at the moment. The Ukrainian police qualified the explosion as intentional homicide. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko assumed the murder could be the part of some ‘greater plan’, perhaps designed by the Kremlin. The key version of Sheremet’s murder was his professional activity.
Beyond that, joint investigation of OCCRP and Slidstvo.Info portal has recently established that Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) could be following journalist Pavlo Sheremet a night before he was killed.