Zaxid.net reporters reported threats and appealed to law enforcement
A journalist for Zaxid.net told that he and his family were threatened by members of Lviv radical non-government organizations due to his professional activities. Andriy Drozda told it on December 17 during a weekly operatonal meeting in the Lviv regional state administration,as Zaxid.net reported.
“I learnt about a threat to my and my family’s life. Threats came from members of nationalist assocoaitions and were related to the edition which I work for. On December 12, the same persons broke into the administrative room where the Lviv City Council held a meeting. They demanded to remove some publications on Zaxid.net about some would-be paid-for actions of protest. Today, they claimed that they were tracking my place of residence and where my children were studying, ” Andriy Drozda said.
The journalist urged the head of Lviv regional administration, Markian Malsky, and the law enforcement officials in the Lviv region to take appropriate measures.
Andriy Drozda and Zaxid.net have filed official complaints to police, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General's Office for pressure and threats related to his journalistic activity and coverage of activities of members of the organizations "Shkval", "Volunteer Association", "Sokil", "Ukrainian Association of ATO participants”,“ Community Development ” in materials published by Zaxid.net.
In particular, it is about articles “ Lviv thugs for hire - who are they? ”, Identification of thugs for hire”," Return to Eden. Ihor Kryvetsky bought 65 hectares of land near his resort “Eden Resort ”, “A group of pseudo- activists stormed the Lviv City Council ”, “ Community Development Activists” disrupted meetings of the town planning council in Lviv and others.
Another journalist for Zaxid.net, co-author of the resonant investigations into the activities of members of the mentioned groups, Marta Kohut, received the same threats due to her professional activity.
The editor-in-chief of Zakhid.net Oleg Onysko applied to the head of the National Police of Ukraine, Igor Klymenko, Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka, the Head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov, and the Chief of the National Police in the Lviv region Vasyl Vykonsky, asking to probe into these facts and to bring the persons responsible to justice.
As IMI reported, on December 12, the editorial staff of the online edition of ZAXID.NET filed complaint to the law enforcement agencies saying there was an attempt to obstruct its journalistic activity. The persons who did it were radically minded representatives of several Lviv NGOs.