Journalists remain principal target in the continued siege of free media in Ukraine–OSCE Representative
Edited by Voices of Ukraine
On June 2 in Simferopol “self-defense forces” detained Sergey Mokrushin and Vladlen Melnykov, journalist and producer with the Centre for Journalistic Investigations. After being tortured for several hours, the journalists were taken to the Central District Police Unit where they were reportedly released with no charges brought on them or explanations presented for their detainment.
Also on 2 June, a group of armed men raided the offices of Donbas newspaper and Vecherniy Donetsk in Donetsk. They detained Alexander Bryzh, editor-in-chief and journalist with Donbas newspaper, and Andrey Krivtsun, editor-in-chief of Vecherniy Donetsk newspaper Leonid Lapa. The journalists were threatened and intimidated to change the editorial policy of their newspapers in favour of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. They were released shortly after detention.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today in Vienna condemned the continued attacks…
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