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Law Enforcement Condemned for Attacks on Journalists in Ukraine

The OSCE has documented over 40 cases of physical assault directed against local and international journalists covering the protests in Ukraine and reportedly perpetrated by law enforcement officers.

Ukraine -- Wounded Reuters photographer Gleb Garanich, who was injured by riot police, takes pictures as riot police block protesters during a demonstration in support of EU integration on Independence Square in Kyiv, November 30, 2013Ukraine -- Wounded Reuters photographer Gleb Garanich, who was injured by riot police, takes pictures as riot police block protesters during a demonstration in support of EU integration on Independence Square in Kyiv, November 30, 2013
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Ukraine -- Wounded Reuters photographer Gleb Garanich, who was injured by riot police, takes pictures as riot police block protesters during a demonstration in support of EU integration on Independence Square in Kyiv, November 30, 2013
Ukraine -- Wounded Reuters photographer Gleb Garanich, who was injured by riot police, takes pictures as riot police block protesters during a demonstration in support of EU integration on Independence Square in Kyiv, November 30, 2013
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Noting the scale of violence against members of the media covering the week's demonstrations, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja  
Mijatović said in a statement issued today:

“I am especially concerned that in most of the cases, the beatings were 
reportedly conducted by the law enforcement officers who attacked the 
journalists and disregarded their press identification. Violence against 
journalists cannot be tolerated. ”

Mijatovic's office reports that more than 40 journalists representing national and international media outlets, including Ukrainskaya Pravda, 5 Kanal, 1+1, Euronews, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, The Associated Press, The New York Times, were physically assaulted and severely injured while covering the public protests in Kyiv.

  • A group of protesters march through Kyiv on December 1.
  • Interior Ministry officers gather during the rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kyiv.
  • Unidentified men attempt to break into a Kyiv city council building during the rally.
  • Opposition leaders attend the rally in Kyiv. From left to right. Arseny Yatsenyuk, a Ukrainian opposition leader; Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's main opposition Law and Justice Party and Vitali Klitschko, heavyweight boxing champion and UDAR (Punch) opposition party leader.
  • Protesters brought a tractor to try to break through police lines near the presidential administration building in Kyiv.

The statement is available here.

Live coverage of the protests in Ukraine direct from RFE/RL's Kyiv bureau is here.

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