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Ukrainian authorities should investigate assault on Skhemy’s journalists at Ukreksimbank - CPJ

06.10.2021, 17:53
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“Ukrainian authorities should investigate the assault on Skhemy’s journalists at Ukreksimbank and hold those responsible to account.", as Committee to Protect Journalists claimed inits alert.  

“Asking state bank officials inconvenient questions is what journalists do for the public good, and assaulting them in order to seize their recording equipment is absolutely unacceptable,” said Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, in New York. Also, Ukrainian authorities should "ensure that all journalists can operate in a safe environment", the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

“Asking state bank officials inconvenient questions is what journalists do for the public good, and assaulting them in order to seize their recording equipment is absolutely unacceptable,” said Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, in New York. “Ukrainian authorities should investigate the assault on Skhemy’s journalists at Ukreksimbank and hold those responsible to account. This is not the first time journalists with Skhemy have faced violence, and their safety should be ensured.”

CPJ has previously documented the August 2020 torching of a car and surveillance of a journalist affiliated with Skhemy, and the March 2019 assault on a reporter and cameraman for the outlet.

CPJ called Metsher but he did not pick up the phone. CPJ called and emailed Marina Fomenko, a representative of the bank’s press office, who asked CPJ to put questions in written form; she promised to reply “very quickly,” but she never did.

CPJ recalled that  this was "not the first time journalists with Skhemy have faced violence.”

CPJ has previously documented the August 2020 torching of a car and surveillance of a journalist affiliated with Skhemy, and the March 2019 assault on a reporter and cameraman for the outlet.

CPJ called Metsher but he did not pick up the phone. CPJ called and emailed Marina Fomenko, a representative of the bank’s press office, who asked CPJ to put questions in written form; she promised to reply “very quickly,” but she never did.

 

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