Dunya Miyatovic concerned by violence against journalists in Ukraine
December 2013 - OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic today expressed her concern by the magnitude of violence against members of the media at the demonstrations in Kyiv.
"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 wrote in a letter to OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara.
Mijatovic reiterated the call to the Ukrainian authorities to take urgent action to halt the violence against media and to swiftly launch investigation into these attacks.
According to information available to the Representative's office 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.-a2-