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"StopCor" reports their filming crew was also attacked by law enforcers in Zhovti Vody

04.11.2022, 11:22
Photo: StopCor
Photo: StopCor

The "Stop Corruption" project reports that on the night of November 2 in Zhovti Vody, Dnipropetrovsk oblast, their filming crew was also attacked by law enforcement officers.

Namely, journalist Oleksandra Serbin and the news agency's cameraman suffered bodily harm.

The "StopCor" journalists reportedly arrived to record the events taking place at a tobacco factory together with their colleagues.

According to journalist Oleksandra Serbin, at around 2 a.m., SBU officers started storming the enterprise. Around 02:16 a.m., the filming crew was beaten.

"Our crew was attacked. They beat not only StopCor's crew members, but also a journalist from the Priamy TV channel. They smashed and took away our camera. It was utter abuse, no one was paying attention to the fact that we are journalists. My phone was simply ripped out of my hands," said Serbin.

The media called the police to the scene. The law enforcement officers recorded the fact of an attack on the film crew, beating, obstruction of journalistic activity, and property being stolen.

"After that, around 3 a.m., we went to the hospital for an examination. The police and the investigative team went with us. After that, we went to the district police department to file a statement and provide an explanation," the journalist said.

As IMI reported, on November 2, "Pryamy" TV channel reported their filming crew being attacked on the night of November 2 in Zhovti Vody, Dnipropetrovsk oblast. The journalists were on an editorial mission, filming the rallying tobacco factory workers who had set up tents in the factory's courtyard and were standing guard on its premises day and night. Security forces with SBU badges beat the cameraman and smashed the TV channel's camera. All the while, thery were swearing obscenely.

In her comment to IMI, the State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman, Tetyana Sapyan, said that the Bureau is aware of the incident with the journalists, but the details and circumstances are currently being investigated by the SBI.

On September 3, "Pryamy" posted a video of law enforcers attacking the channel's film crew in Zhovti Vody, Dnipropetrovsk oblast, on its website. The video shows a law enforcement officer hitting a TV channel operator holding a camera in the neck. Then another security officer takes the camera from him.

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