Ukraine / Europe & Central Asia

Journalists attacked in Ukraine since 1992

  
Police officers are seen in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on February 20, 2020. Local investigative outlet Slidstvo.Info is potentially facing a criminal investigation for its reporting. (AP/Igor Chekachkov)

Ukrainian investigative outlet Slidstvo.Info faces potential investigation for its reporting

New York, March 11, 2020 — Ukrainian authorities should not conduct a criminal investigation into Slidstvo.Info, and should allow its journalists to work freely and without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Inmates are seen at the Kirovskaya penal colony in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on September 2, 2019. Ukrainian journalist Stanyslav Aseyev was recently sent to a penal colony in Donetsk for a 15-year sentence. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

Donetsk militants announce 15-year ‘sentence’ for Ukrainian journalist Stanyslav Aseyev

New York, October 22, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the announcement by Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine that they intend to hold Stanyslav Aseyev, a reporter for the U.S.-backed broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in a penal colony for 15 years, as reported by his employer.

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Aleksei Pukach is seen at a Kiev district court on January 29, 2013. Pukach was convicted in the 2000 murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, and is now appealing his life sentence. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Man convicted of murdering Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze appeals life sentence

Washington, D.C., September 16, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the appeal of Aleksei Pukach, a man convicted of murdering Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze. The appeal hearings began in Ukraine’s Supreme Court on September 4 and will resume on October 9, according to news reports.

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A police car is seen in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on October 9, 2018. Blogger Igor Stakh was recently assaulted in Chernihiv. (AFP/Genya Savilov)

Blogger Igor Stakh beaten in Ukraine

Washington, D.C., August 30, 2019 — Ukrainian authorities must immediately investigate the recent attack on blogger Igor Stakh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Kirill Vyshinsky, director of the Ukrainian office of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, talks to the media after a court ordered his release on bail, in Kyiv, Ukraine August 28, 2019. (Reuters/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

Ukraine authorities should drop charges against Russian journalist Kirill Vyshynsky

Washington, D.C., August 28, 2019 — A Kyiv court today ruled to release Russian journalist Kirill Vyshynsky on bail while he awaits trial, according to news reports. Vyshynsky, the Kyiv bureau chief for Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, had been detained since May 2018 on treason charges, according to those reports.

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People look across at the city central square from the mall viewing platform covered with snow in Kiev, in January 2019. A court in the city on August 6 ruled against Hromadske TV in a case over the outlet's tweet about a nationalist group. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine court orders Hromadske TV to pay costs in case over C14 tweet

On August 6, 2019, the Kiev Commercial Court ruled that a tweet posted by the independent news outlet Hromadske TV in May 2018 had harmed the reputation of C14, a Ukrainian nationalist group, according to Hromadske TV and other outlets.

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Members of the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine sit near a screen displaying election results at the commission's headquarters in Kiev, on July 22. On July 30, a group of people disrupted a press conference in the city about alleged election fraud, and attacked staff of the state news agency Ukrinform. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Assailants disrupt Ukrinform press conference, attack staff in Kiev

On July 30, 2019, a group of men disrupted a press conference at the Kiev offices of Ukrinform, according to the state-run news agency and Ukrainskaya Pravda.

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The damaged building of Ukrainian broadcaster 112 Ukraine is seen in Kiev on July 13, 2019. The broadcaster, along with NewsOne, have faced threats and attacks in the run-up to Ukraine's parliamentary elections. (AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Pro-Russia broadcasters attacked, threatened with violence in Ukraine

On July 13, 2019, at approximately 3:40 a.m., an unknown attacker fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Kiev office of TV news broadcaster 112 Ukraine, damaging the building but causing no injuries, according to media reports.

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People gather in front of the Ukrainian parliament during the inauguration on May 20, 2019, of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who campaigned on an anti-corruption platform. Cherkasy-based journalist Vadym Komarov, known for reporting on local corruption, died June 20 as the result of an assault six weeks earlier. (AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukrainian journalist Vadym Komarov dies six weeks after assault

Washington, D.C., June 20, 2019 -Ukrainian investigative reporter Vadym Komarov died today as the result of an assault on May 4, local media reported. Unidentified men beat the Cherkasy-based journalist’s head with a heavy object, one day after he posted on Facebook that he planned to publish news on alleged corruption in sports schools, according…

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CPJ calls on Ukrainian President Zelenskiy to prioritize press freedom

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon writes to Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, urging him to prioritize and promote press freedom in the country.

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