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Ten foreign journalists that came to cover air crash were captured and released by terrorists

21.07.2014, 15:43

On July 19, in Donetsk the terrorists detained ten foreign journalists, who came to cover the crash of the Malaysian Boeing 777. According to the foreign media outlets’ information, which ІМІ has confirmed with its own sources, as of July 20 these journalists have been released.

The foreign journalists, which represented British, Swedish, Russian, and other media outlets, were keeping vigil near one of Donetsk morgues and trying to find out whether bodies of those, who died in the crash of Boeing 777, were to be brought there.

They were detained by representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic on the ground that they did not have «accreditation from Strelkov», in addition to the «DPR’s accreditation.»

One of the detained, a BBC journalist Kevin Bishop, reported this on his Twitter account. According to him, the terrorists were first intimidating them, then took them to the building of Donetsk branch of the Security Service of Ukraine, and released in several hours. Among those detained there were also two Swedish journalists, Paul Hansen and Jan Lewenhagen from the media outlet Dagens Nyheter. This was reported by The Guardian.

For the context, on July 17 as a result of the air crash of Boeing 777 on the territory of Donetska oblast 298 persons died – 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Among them there were citizens of the Netherlands, Germany, France, the U.K., the U.S.A., Canada, and Belgium. 

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