Two Ukrainian Journalists Sentenced to 9 Years’ Imprisonment for Assisting Separatism

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Year 31 Dec 2017 Country Ukraine Category B. Detention and imprisonment of journalists Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 1
31 Dec 2017 Ukraine B. Detention and imprisonment of journalists State EFJ/IFJ Level 1
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On 28 September 2017 the Ukrainian journalist Dmytro Vasylets and cameraman Yevhen Timonin were sentenced to 9 years’ imprisonment, after being found guilty of assisting separatism by a district court in Zhytomyr. The prosecution ruled that Vasylets and Timonin helped to rebroadcast content from the separatist Novorossiya TV on YouTube. This sentence includes the two years they had spent in jail since the beginning of the case in 2015. It was read out in absence of the defendants, since Vasylets was removed from the courtroom after criticising the court’s ruling. Currently in detention under this alert (2): Dmytro Vasylets and Yevhen Timonin. Alert : 2 detentions


New 22 Feb 2018 : On 21 February 2018, the Kyiv Appeal Court overturned the Andrushevskyi District Court of the Zhytomyr Region's decision that found journalists Dmytro Vasylets and Yevhen Tymonin guilty of aiding the activities of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" and inciting ethnic hatred on the basis of procedural flaws. Vasylets and Tymonin were released from custody, placed under house arrest for 2 months and ordered to wear electronic bracelets. The appeal court returned the case to the court of first instance for review .
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