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"CUKR" journalists receive death threats; perpetrators post a hit list

14.07.2023, 18:30
Photo: CUKR on Facebook
Photo: CUKR on Facebook

"CUKR" team received death threats a day after unknown persons threatened to destroy their office.

On July 14, the anonymous Telegram channel "Sumy: Holovne" made a post calling for the murder of the media outlet's staff. The post contained a photo of the "CUKR" team with the employees' names on it, captured "Enemies of the people. Hit list 2024".

"Recently, we reported on a local publication that helps and sponsors those afflicted with homosexualism and other deviations. They were offended by this and complained to the prosecutors. We show the faces of those who devalue our shared victory and want to turn Ukraine into a Soviet LGBT Union. Someone is sitting in the trenches, crushing the orcs with their own hands, and someone is fretting over gender uncertainties," the post reads.

Currently, the editorial team is filing another statement with the police, this time about death threats.

"All we can do to protect ourselves is inform the police and implement safety measures at our workplace," said "CUKR" co-founder Dmytro Tishchenko to the IMI representative in Sumy oblast.

As reported by IMI, on July 12, unknown persons on the Telegram channel "Sumy: Holovne" posted threats to destroy the "CUKR" office following an article about the life of the local LGBTQ+ community.

On July 14, the Sumy Oblast Police opened a case over threats to "CUKR" journalists.

The Commission on Journalistic Ethics condemned threats to the media outlet's team.

Alyona Yatsyna, Kateryna Dyachuk

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