The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) demands that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine introduce the position of an authorized agent of the Ukrainian Parliament for free speech and safety of journalists. Press service of the NUJU said this following public hearing dedicated to security of journalists in Ukraine, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to the report, the participants in the hearing stated that the Ukrainian authorities continue ignoring the acts of physical abuse of journalists. Thus, the participants in the public hearing demand that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine introduce the position of the parliamentary authorized agent for free speech and safety of journalists having broad control over investigations. The NUJU also asked the Verkhovna Rada to hold parliamentary hearings with regard to safety of journalist and free speech in Ukraine and establish annual hearings on the issue. Besides, the public hearing participants demand that the authorities and investigators publish their report on results of investigations into high-priority crimes against journalists. In particular, they ask President Petro Poroshenko to keep his promise given on the Journalists Day on June 6 to organize public report on the investigation into assassination of journalist Pavel Sheremet. Moreover, the NUJU demands that the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) introduce the position to supervise the investigation into crimes against journalists and quarterly publish results of such investigations. The NUJU also demands that the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Ukraine appoint an official responsible for monitoring results of investigations into crimes against journalists and quarterly report such results. The NUJU demands that the High Council of Public Justice (HCPJ) account the cases where judges are brought to justice for infringement of journalists' rights. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the NUJU has registered 75 cases of physical abuse of journalists in 2017.