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Journalist suffered armed assault in Mykolayiv city

18.10.2011, 08:21
On 16 October 2011, Oleksandr Vlashenko, a journalist of the local news-paper “Nash gorod Nikolaev” and the “ web-site, suffered an armed assault in Mykolayiv.

An assailant shot the journalist in the head with a firearm and took his bag, which contained a Nikon camera and two mobile phones.

A passerby called the police at the journalist’s request, but a subsequent attempt to locate Vlashenko's assailant was unsuccessful. The Lenin Regional Department of Internal Affairs in Mykolayiv opened a criminal case regarding the attack, treating it as a robbery.

Anatolii Onofriychuk editor-in-chief of "Nash gorod Nikolaev” gave his comments to IMI. When asked if he associates the attack on the journalist with his professional activities, he said: "Recently Vlaschenko has been writing articles about corruption involving local authorities, so it is probably connected to his journalistic activities."

IMI appealed to law-enforcement authorities with the request to provide a public report on the investigation into Vlashenko’s case and inform the public about the motives behind this crime. Institute of Mass Information points out that such cases are indicative of a deterioration of freedom of speech in Ukraine.


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