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National Union Of Journalists Of Ukraine Demands Holding Parliamentary Hearings On Safety Of Journalists And F

National Union Of Journalists Of Ukraine Demands Holding Parliamentary Hearings On Safety Of Journalists And Freedom Of Speech

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The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine demands holding parliamentary hearings on the safety of journalists and the state of freedom of speech in Ukraine.

Serhii Tomilenko, chairperson of the Union, announced this, supporting the demand of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on public report of law enforcement agencies in the investigation of the murder of Pavlo Sheremet.

Tomilenko made this statement during a meeting with media workers on the occasion of the Day of Journalists, insisting on punishing the perpetrators of all cases of harassment and attacks on journalists.

According to the head of the Union, there is currently no solid progress in the investigation of crimes committed against journalists. Therefore, the Union requires a public report of the authorities and investigative bodies.

"The crimes committed against journalists in the times of the Maidan are not solved. Although more than three years have passed - until now no one from offenders of journalists have been properly punished. No progress has been made in the investigation of crimes that have already occurred under the new government - the murder of Pavlo Sheremet, the arson of journalists' cars in Dnipropetrovsk region, open attacks on editorial offices. It is clear that during the performance of their duties journalists become victims of crimes in the territories covered by military actions. Even in peaceful cities the media workers are exposed to savage cases of physical aggression. Unfortunately, we do not see an adequate reaction from the authorities, an honest attempt to find and punish those responsible to prevent similar crimes against journalists in the future. Therefore, as the largest journalistic organization in Ukraine, we aim to achieve public answer of the authorities and the investigative bodies at parliamentary hearings. It is very important for the Union to obtain precedents for punishment of those guilty," Serhii Tomilenko said.

For its part, the Union is ready to involve international partners - the International Federation of Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO, to organize and hold parliamentary hearings.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, in April, the Union asked the Presidential Administration to hold meetings of the Council on the protection of journalists' rights in an open mode.