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Council Of Europe Assigns Alert Level 2 To Searches In Vesti Media Office In Kyiv

Council Of Europe Assigns Alert Level 2 To Searches In Vesti Media Office In Kyiv

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The Council of Europe has assigned alert level 2 to the searches in the office of the editorial offices of Radio Vesti in Kyiv.

This is said in a posting on the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The Council of Europe sees the incident as 'Harassment and intimidation of journalists'.

According to the posting, on July 14, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine and the National Police of Ukraine searched the offices of the media group Vesti in Kyiv, which includes Radio Vesti, the daily newspaper Vesti, and the news website Vesti-ukr.com.

The raid was conducted as part of an embezzlement investigation against former Minister Oleksandr Klymenko.

The posting reads that the area was cordoned and special police units and armored vehicles surrounded the building.

Law enforcers completely obstructed the work of the editorial board.

"Chair of the Board of Directors of Media Holding Vesti Ukraine, Olga Semchenko, explained on a Facebook post that the radio station's live broadcast was interrupted during operation and that authorities rounded up 30 journalists in a room in order to question them and search their mobile phones," reads the posting.

According to Olga Semchenko, the searches are in retaliation from the Prosecutor's office for a Vesti investigation into Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matio's income and expenses, titled "Who is Mr. Matios? What the Chief Military Prosecutor conceals".

"Government pressure is not new to us, but we haven't seen such a major special operation yet," she said, according to the posting.

The posting reads that Vesti's offices have already been subjected to several attacks since 2014 and more recently in February 2017 the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine revoked the license of the Ukrainian broadcasting company "Radio Vesti" in Kharkiv city and Kyiv.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) considers the use of elite Special Forces to raid the editorial offices of Radio Vesti as an attempt to intimidate journalists.

The Committee to Protect Journalists or CPJ (New York, United States) has said that it considers the use of elite Special Forces to raid the editorial offices of Radio Vesti as an attempt at intimidation and a serious threat to press freedom.

On July 14, law enforcement officers accompanied by elite Special Forces in armored cars and submachine gunners raided the offices of companies associated with former minister of revenues and duties Oleksandr Klymenko, including the editorial offices of the Vesti media holding, of which Radio Vesti is part, in the Gulliver shopping mall.

The searches lasted more than 12 hours.

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