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Ukrainian online editor beaten up for critical articles

13 March, 2013
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Deutsch: Ukraine: Online-Redakteur wegen kritischer Artikel angegriffen


On 5 March 2013, Taras Chornoivan, chief editor for the Ukrainian news website Tarasova Pravd, ended up in hospital with serious injuries after having been attacked and beaten by three unidentified men.

According to Chornoivan’s declarations, the attack was probably due to the series of articles published by Tarasova Pravda website accusing Aleksandr Dombrovskiy, a former governor, of vote rigging in the last parliamentary elections. In January 2013, Ukraine's Supreme Administrative Court cancelled Dombrovskiy's election to the Parliament after an opposition politician had filed a complaint against him based on similar accusations of vote rigging. The website launched a print edition on 4 March, with a mocking photo, showing Dombrovskiy on a toilet, accompanied by a critical story.

"We are alarmed by this vicious assault against Taras Chornoivan, and urge regional authorities to bring those responsible to justice. A thorough, transparent, and effective investigation will demonstrate authorities' commitment to free expression and the rule of law," stated Muzaffar Suleymanov, Europe and Central Asia Program Research Associate of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Dombrovskiy's spokesman denied his involvement in the incident.

Editor of critical website brutally assaulted in Ukraine (8.03.2013)
http://www.ifex.org/ukraine/2013/03/08/assault_editor/

Journalist violently beaten in Vinnytsya (7.03.2013)
http://imi.org.ua/en/news/journalist-violently-beaten-vinnytsya

 

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