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Year Since Arson At Inter TV Channel: Nobody Has Been Brought To Account

Year Since Arson At Inter TV Channel: Nobody Has Been Brought To Account

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It has been one year since the arson at the office of the Inter television channel and nobody has been brought to account.

On September 4, 2016, 15 masked men burst into the office of the television channel. They set fire to the studio of the television channel and the fire spread to two floors of the building. Some 30 employees of the channel were evacuated and one of them broke her leg during the evacuation.

On September 1, 2016, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the Inter television channel should be deprived of its license and activists of the People's Front Party launched a defaming campaign against the channel on various information facilities. The television channel was accused of pro-Russian editorial policy and there had appeared threats on the Myrotvorets [Peacemaker] website.

According to the Opposition Bloc Party, the attack on the office of the television channel was organized by Oleksii Kopyshytskyi (born on December 12, 1986, aka Kachok, who is one of leaders of the NGO Ukraine Alliance of ATO Fighters and Volunteers) and Vadym Mizera (born on March 18, 1980, aka Mizer, previously convicted). The Opposition Bloc Party also believes that the attack was coordinated by Iliya Kiva, who is an advisor for Interior Minister Avakov.

On September 5-6, 2016, a group of at least 50 men blocked the entrance of the Inter television channel and did not allow employees of the channel and other companies of Inter Media Group to come to their workplaces.

The blockade ended after interference of the Council of Europe and some international journalist organizations.

The arson was condemned by most of Ukrainian politicians, including Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, who called on police to investigate the arson.

The National Police commenced the investigation into the arson.

Law enforcement agencies have not reported about the developments of the investigation. There is no information about suspects or punishment of those guilty of the attack on journalists.

The report for the Council of Europe of February 17, 2017, reads that "preliminary investigation in the criminal case continues."

In February 2017, the Council of Europe assigned Alert Level 1 to the arson attack on Inter TV channel in September 2016 in Category A 'Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists'.

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