Committee to Protect Journalists demands Poroshenko to protect journalists from SBU

20.09.2017, Ukraine.

In the open letter to Ukrainian President the Committee to Protect Journalists requires to protect journalists from the pressure put on them by Security Services, Life.ru informs on September 18.

The letter provides seven cases of pressure on journalists as a result of them carrying out their professional responsibilities to provide the society with truthful information. Members of the Committee expressed concern over the lack of progress in investigation into the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet. The letter also mentions the searches conducted in the offices of news agencies Vesti and Strana.ua. The Committee urges Pyotr Poroshenko to condemn the actions of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) against free speech in Ukraine.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, headquartered in New York, has repeatedly called on Ukrainian authorities to pay attention to issues of freedom of speech in Ukraine. “Politicians are creating a toxic atmosphere for the media by dividing Ukrainian journalists into patriotic and unpatriotic, when they should be encouraging a wide variety of viewpoints to inform the public,”  the Committee’s Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said after searches took place in the office of the Strana.ua news agency.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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