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NUJU Records 5 Cases Of Beating Journalists While Performing Their Professional Duties In October

NUJU Records 5 Cases Of Beating Journalists While Performing Their Professional Duties In October

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The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) has recorded five cases of application of physical force to journalists at the time of performing by them their professional duties.

The NUJU has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

According to the NUJU, the most attention was drawn to the October 24 beating of three journalists in Sviatoshynskyi District Court in Kyiv during the removal by the special police force of barricades mounted by supporters of Mykola Kokhanivskyi, the commander of a volunteer battalion of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.

Journalists who were beaten by the special police force included Dmytro Replianchuk (Hromadske TV), Serhii Lefter (Unian news agency) and Kyryl Malyshev (Strana.ua internet media).

Later the police apologized before the journalists.

"On top of the fact that the police and law enforcement bodies do not investigate properly cases involving assaulting and beating journalists, employees of the police and law enforcement bodies frequently themselves are guilty of application of physical force to our colleagues. We find this situation unacceptable and demand from authorities a full accountability for all criminal cases that involve journalists as victims of the described forceful actions," the NUJU's Chairperson Serhii Tomilenko stressed.

In addition, on October 14, another journalist, Serhii Rozov, was beaten in Zaborie village (Kyiv region) while he was taping a protest near a house of one of local businessmen.

On October 28, journalist Kostiantyn Ryzhenko was beaten as he was reporting from the local elections to Bilozerka united territorial community (Kherson region), when he spotted and recorded the arrival of buses with illegitimate voters.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the NUJU recorded 11 cases of application of force to journalists while they performance their profession duties.

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