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Only 8% of crimes against journalists detected in Ukraine - PA

01.12.2016, 15:47

The Chief of the Head Department for Information Policy of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Andriy Zhygulin, during discussion, says that Ukraine is still not sufficient in solving crimes against journalists - only 8% of cleared cases, reports Ukrinform.

According to Zhygulin, 172 criminal proceedings were registered for crimes against journalists this year. "From the total number of registered criminal proceedings - almost 1.5 million - it is 0.02%. At this point we are talking about reducing statistics, but at the same time we see that journalists call law enforcements for protection ... Unfortunately, there is an another statistic too. Number of detected crimes against journalists is still not sufficient - only 8%.However, since the beginning of 2016 the court has sent on 75% more of criminal cases comparing to previous years", - said Andriy Zhygulin.
He assured that police don't ignore journalists' calls and the status of investigations are under the personal control of the leadership of the Interior Ministry.

There are 15 criminal proceedings on 21 crimes directed to the court, since the beginning of 2016. Representatives of the National Police and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported during the meeting of the Council on Protection of Professional Activities of Journalists and Freedom of Speech at the Presidential Administration, which took place on Nov. 23 to mark the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists.

To compare only 12 criminal proceedings were submitted to the court  in 2015, while there are 15 criminal proceedings transeferred to the court in incomplete 11 months of 2016.

Photo - Liga

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