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September 12, 2014

Ukrainian authorities raid newsroom, bar entry to Russian journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned Thursday's raid by Ukrainian security agents on the independent newspaper Vesti as well as moves by Ukrainian authorities to bar entry to dozens of Russian journalists and media workers. Around 11 a.m. Thursday, agents from the security service known as SBU searched Vesti's newsroom in Kiev and confiscated its computer servers, shutting down the newspaper's website. According to news reports and the Kiev-based press freedom group Institute of... MORE
September 4, 2014

Russian journalist Andrei Stenin murdered in Eastern Ukraine

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have repeated their plea for all sides in Ukraine to respect the rights of journalists and ensure they are not intimidated or harmed following reports that Russian journalist, Andrei Stenin , has been found dead. Stenin, who worked for Russia’s state-run news agency, RIA Novosti, which is part of the Rossiya Segodnya holding, went missing in eastern Ukraine in August where he was working on a... MORE
September 4, 2014

IPI urges investigation into death of Russian photojournalist in Ukraine

The International Press Institute (IPI) has called called for a full investigation into the fate of a Russian photojournalist whose death was confirmed on Wednesday nearly a month after he went missing in eastern Ukraine. Andrei Stenin was covering the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine for Russian media outlet Rossiya Segodnya when he went missing on August 5. The director-general of Rossiya Segodnya, Dmitry Kiselyov, said that tests on a body... MORE
September 4, 2014

Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin killed in Ukraine

Russian authorities and news outlets reported today that Andrei Stenin , the 33-year-old Russian photojournalist for the state-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya , who went missing in Ukraine in early August, was killed in the country's Donetsk region. "We condemn the killing of Andrei Stenin, which calls attention once again to the dangers of covering the conflict in Ukraine from any side," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Programme Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. "We urge Ukrainian authorities to... MORE
August 12, 2014

IFJ / EFJ concerned for safety of Russian journalist missing in Ukraine

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have expressed their concern for the safety of Russian journalist, Andrei Stenin , following reports that he has been detained in eastern Ukraine. According to media reports, Stenin, who works for Russia’s state-run news agency, RIA Novosti, which is part of the Rossiya Segodnya holding, has gone missing in eastern Ukraine where he was working on a photo assignment. Editors from the agency say... MORE
August 2, 2014

Another journalist held by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Lugansk region of Ukraine abducted at least one journalist on Thursday, according to a local press freedom group and news reports. Separatists with the self-declared Lugansk People's Republic in Stakhanov, in Lugansk region, detained Yevgeny Timofeyev , a sports journalist who works for the local newspaper Futbolnoye Obozreniye (Soccer Observer), reports said. He was abducted from his home. The local news website Informator (Informer) said the separatists... MORE
July 30, 2014

Journalists covering Ukraine and Russia must have free and open reporting access

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have appealed for all sides involved in the ongoing Ukraine crisis to ensure that journalists reporting on events are given free and open reporting access at all times. Mindful of the precarious situation for journalists covering events, the IFJ and the EFJ have also advised journalists covering developments to take every precaution necessary to ensure their safety. The calls follow reports that... MORE
July 29, 2014

In Ukraine, journalists injured, detained, expelled

In recent days in Ukraine, an international journalist was wounded in a car crash caused by separatists' gunfire, a local journalist was detained by separatists, a Russian reporter for Bloomberg News was briefly detained by a Ukrainian army unit, and a foreign journalist was expelled by Ukrainian authorities, according to press freedom groups and local and international media. On Sunday, Bianka Zalewska , a Polish journalist for the Kiev-based independent online broadcaster Espresso TV , was... MORE
July 23, 2014

Journalists missing, fixer kidnapped, press banned in eastern Ukraine

In the past two days, at least two journalists have gone missing in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk, while pro-Russia separatists abducted a fixer and briefly detained a reporter, according to news reports and press freedom and human rights groups. The moves come as the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic Wednesday banned journalists from the conflict area. "Abductions and detentions of journalists and other violations of press freedom are happening at dizzying speed in eastern Ukraine... MORE
July 22, 2014

Journalists detained, threatened while covering MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine should stop threatening and obstructing journalists from reporting on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. Since Friday, armed separatists with the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have briefly detained and threatened at least 10 foreign correspondents, according to international press reports and a Ukrainian press freedom group. Journalists in the capital, Kiev, have also told CPJ that DPR... MORE