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Ukraine now holds world's second position by number of journalists killed – Committee for Protection of Journalists

25.12.2014, 14:56

Ukraine is on the second place by the number of reporters killed this year sharing it with Iraq, between Syria and Somali. These are results of the annual survey published by the international Committee for protection of journalists, which annually identifies the most dangerous countries for the press, Radio Svoboda  informs. 
According to the Committee's data, for the first time Ukraine is so high on the rating – the second place, sharing it with Iraq. Syria holds the first position: there, 17 journalists were killed this year. Israel and Somali hold the third place, with four killed reporters. In Ukraine, the organization registered seven deaths of mass media employees (five of them were reporters, two other – mass media employees, all but one of the registered were foreigners). This year became the first one since 2001 when a death of a journalist when performing their professional duties was registered in Ukraine. Ukrainian statistics is somewhat different – they consider six journalists killed instead of five, and one media assistant who accompanied Italian journalists. Among the victims, there is one Ukrainian journalist, Vyacheslav Veremiy, who died near Maidan in February of this year. According to IMI's executive director Oksana Romaniuk, he was killed by hired thugs (so-called “titushki”).

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