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Near Dnipropetrovsk, young man crushed journalist's jaw for refusing to delete photos

10.07.2015, 17:33

On July 7, on the outskirts of Dnipropetrovsk city, an unidentified man punched Viktor Zhykh, well-known journalist and activist, in the face and took his phone, which the journalist used to record sand mining on the territory of Kirovske forestry. Viktor Zhykh informed IMI about this incident personally. According to him, he came to document illegal sand mining for his journalist investigation. He made several photos near the lake that formed at the location of sand mining, including earth-moving machinery. As he was leaving the site, a young man followed him and demanded to delete photos. When the journalist asked why he should do it, the man attacked him with two punches to the head, and took his cell phone. As a result, the journalist had a jaw fractured in two spots, and lost two teeth. 

Police started a criminal case, yet was unable to identify the attacker so far. The journalist is sure the attack was connected to his journalist activities.

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