The Council of Europe has taken under control the case of beating journalists in Berdiansk

12:08 05.04.2017

Council of Europe "Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists" establishes the fact of Ukrainian law enforcement inactions in investigating attacks on the members of the filming crew of the TV and Radio company “Yug” in Berdiansk, Zaporizhia oblast and takes public control on the case. 

"Detector Media" reports with referring to the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

The Council of Europe reminds that TV journalist Volodymyr Holovatiy and his cameraman were attacked on 10 June 2016 in Berdyansk, Zaporizhia oblast. The local TV crew, had gone to cover the seizure of a hotel building in a commercial dispute, when unidentified men in military uniform attacked them.

The Council of Europe underlines that the attack happened in full view of police officers who failed to intervene.

"An unidentified men took away the camera and seized the memory card from the cameraman. The two were admitted to the hospital for treatment, where doctors diagnosed a brain contusion in the case of Volodymyr Holovatiy.The journalist filed a complaint with the local branch of the National Police. The case is investigated by Berdyansk City District Prosecutor's Office." - goes in a statement.

At the same time, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine considers this case as a major impunity case, the Council of Europe notes.



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