There were 21 cases of beatings of journalists since the beginning of the year — IMI
Since the beginning of the year, in Ukraine there were 21 cases of beatings of journalists related to their professional activities. The beatings were committed by private individuals (17 cases, mostly the attackers were participants of protest rallies, private security guards, and others), officers of law enforcement agencies (3 cases, of them in one case the officers were from the State Guard of Ukraine, and in two cases - from the police), and in one case, the journalist was injured when the pro-Russian militants shelled Avdiyivka. For comparison, in 2016 IMI experts registered 38 cases of attacks against journalists, in 2015 — 58 cases. These are the results of the monthly monitoring «Freedom of Press Barometer», which is conducted by the NGO «Institute of Mass Information ». The most high-profile cases of journalists that were beaten:
- On June 24, in the center of Odesa, in the daytime, two identified men attacked the local female journalist, blogger from «Dumskaya», environmental protection activist, Svitlana Pidpala. They used tear gas against her, then started punching her face. In the hospital, Svitlana Pidpala was diagnosed with craniocerebral injury, bruising of soft tissues and forehead periosteum.
- On July 6 in Kryvyi Rih, cameraman of the city online media outlet «Pershyi Kryvorizkyi», Vyacheslav Volk, was shot in the neck during military training. On September 4, his attorney Maksym Horelikov commented that the military prosecutor's office of Kryvorizkyi garrison of the Southern region of Ukraine does not acknowledge that the cameraman is the victim in one of the criminal cases that were opened based on article 420 (negligent conduct in the military service). Under this case, the military prosecutor's office needs to investigate the actions of military officers who organized the training. The defense planned to contest this step of the prosecutor's office.
- On July 12 in Vinnytsia, unidentified men attacked the owner of the website «Vlasno.Info» Volodymyr Volovodiuk after journalists conducted an overview of bouncy castles and trampoline for children illegally installed in the city.
- On September 15, the officers of the State Guard attacked the filming crew of the journalist investigations program «Skhemy» – journalist Mykhailo Tkach and cameraman Borys Trotsenko, who was diagnosed with brain concussion and arm injury.
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