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NEWSLETTERNEWSLETTERMEDIA FREEDOM WATCH PROJECTMEDIA FREEDOM WATCH PROJECT
20.01.2014 - 27.01.201420.01.2014 - 27.01.2014
This newsletter has been produced within Eastern Partnership Media Freedom Watch Project, funded by the EuropeanUnion. The content of this publication can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
NEWSLETTERNEWSLETTERMEDIA FREEDOM WATCH PROJECTMEDIA FREEDOM WATCH PROJECT
20.01.2014 - 27.01.201420.01.2014 - 27.01.2014
This newsletter has been produced within Eastern Partnership Media Freedom Watch Project, funded by the EuropeanUnion. The content of this publication can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.
 JOURNALISTS STILL ATTACKED BY POLICE AND GANGSTERS
Ukraine / In defense of the media / 27.01.2014
 Journalists, who cover mass protests in Ukraine, continue to suffer from the tyranny of the police andgangsters loyal to authorities. Attacks on journalists are reported not only in Kyiv, but accompany activeprotests in Ukraine’s regions.
IN LVIV,
early on January 26
th
, three unknowns severely beat VadimShevchenko (in the photo), a cameramen of the TV channel «Zik». The strangers attacked the journalistnear his house, and hit him in the face. It was clearly not a robbery as attackers did not take his money, butseized an electronic TV channel pass. Recently Vadim filmed protesters’ storming of the regional council inLviv and other “hot spots”.
IN CHERKASSY 
 on January 24
th
, during the clashes between protesters and the police a fighter of thespecial police division “Berkut” seized a camera from Marianna Nemchenko, a photographer of the Internetmedia outlet “Pro Vse”. She was filming the detention of a group of young people. The police gave thecamera back after deleting all its content.Also in Cherkassy two journalists of Polish TV channel “Belsat” were attacked: Serhei Marchuk waswounded, and Yurii Vysotskii was detained by the police. The Union of Polish Journalists protested againstthe arrests and expressed its worries that journalists could be deported to Belarus. The reporters areknown for their journalistic investigation in Belarus, and can face persecutions of the local authorities.
IN DNIPROPETROVSK,
 clashes near the building of the regional state administration took place on January 26
th
. Two cameramen of the local “34 channel” asked for medical help. Both of them were wearingspecial clearly marked press vests. According to the journalists, they were shot in the back (in the photo)with traumatic weapon by young men of sporty appearance, presumably hired by the authorities. In thesame city, in Dnipropetrovsk, the unknown showered stones onto a film crew of the TV channel ICTV.
IN ZAPORIZHIA
 during the dispersal of Euromaidan on the evening of January 26
th
 Dmitrii Smolenok, a journalist of the website “VV”, was beaten by the police and detained. Another journalist, Yurii Gudimenko,
 
NEWSLETTERNEWSLETTERMEDIA FREEDOM WATCH PROJECTMEDIA FREEDOM WATCH PROJECT
20.01.2014 - 27.01.201420.01.2014 - 27.01.2014
This newsletter has been produced within Eastern Partnership Media Freedom Watch Project, funded by the EuropeanUnion. The content of this publication can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.
was injured too. “I was filming until I was struck by police truncheon in my hand, in which I was holding my journalist ID – a useless thing, as it appeared. The hand seems undamaged, only a finger is broken.Hospitals are full of beaten people,” he wrote on Facebook.
IN MYKOLAIV
Oleh Dereniuha, a journalist of the website “NilVesti”, was attacked at a rally in support of the ruling Party of Regions. He was filming a fight, which occurred at the rally, when a group of peoplestarted wringing the journalist’s hands and pulling him away.
IN KHARKIV
 on January 25
th
, young men wearing sports suits attacked the supporters of Euromaidan.Some  journalists were injured: one of them got a head injury, another (a photographer of the channel“1+1”) got his camera broken.
IN KYIV
 soldiers of internal troops attacked Myroslav Misa, a journalist of the Radio “Liberty”, and seizedhis phone when he was filming the police frisking people on the streets. The soldiers twisted the hands of the journalist, torn his journalistic ID and threatened him.Based on materials by Institute of Mass Information and  Telekritika
 JOURNALISTS QUIT STATE-BACKED TV CHANNELS
Ukraine / In defense of the media / 24.01.2014
Oksana Korniichuk, the chief editor of news, and Yulia Galushka, the anchor of the “Novosti” and the “ItogiDnia” programs, are leaving the First National TV channel.According to “Telekritika”, a Ukrainian media-focused website, they both took a leave with a furtherpossibility to resign.In early December, Ihor Medelian, a special correspondent of information and analytical programs of theFirst National, and the channel’s correspondents Serhiy Lefter and Yaroslav Trakalo, quit their jobs inprotest against the channel’s editorial policy.

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