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Ukraine has become the most dangerous country for journalists because of russia – Romaniuk

03.05.2022, 11:59
Photo credit: Yaghobzadeh Alfred / ABACA / DW
Photo credit: Yaghobzadeh Alfred / ABACA / DW

Due to russia's actions, Ukraine has become the most dangerous country in the world for journalists. This was stated by the executive director of the Institute of Mass Information Oksana Romaniuk in her comment to Radio Liberty.

According to her, in two months of full-scale war, russia has committed 243 crimes against journalists and the media in Ukraine. The freedom of speech violations committed by russia cannot be compared to anything, Romaniuk believes.

"In all our years of independence, we have not faced such enormous unprecedented pressure on freedom of speech as what russia is excercising today. Ukraine is now probably the most dangerous country in the world for journalists to work in," she said.

According to Romaniuk, when russia occupies a territory, the FSB already has lists of activists and journalists they plan to take hostage and put pressure on. russia enters the territory and activates the 'one voice' mode. They have already fired on 11 Ukrainian TV towers because they do not need journalism. The russian military has also fired on journalists who were clearly identified as the press," said the IMI executive director.

Oksana Romaniuk also noted that today, the main challenge for journalists in Ukraine is security.

"There are cases when russians seize media offices and simply demand that journalists transmit Kremlin propaganda at gunpoint, or just destroy the offices of local media. In Mykolaiv, a missile hit the local administration building and three offices of local media were completely destroyed," Romaniuk said.

It will be recalled that during the two months of the full-scale war, russia has committed 243 crimes against journalists and the media in Ukraine. As of April 24, seven journalists had been killed in the line of duty, nine had been injured, and at least 15 had gone missing.

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