Ukrainian Police Accused of Violence against Journalists, Leaving one Hospitalized

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Year 05 Mar 2018 Country Ukraine Category A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Source of threat State Partner RSF , Index Alert level Level 2
05 Mar 2018 Ukraine A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists State RSF , Index Level 2
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Three journalists were attacked at a protest action in Kyiv on 3rd March 2018. The protesters were asking for the establishment of an anti-corruption court, the introduction of open voting lists and the removal of MPs’ immunity. Serhiy Nuzhnenko of Radio Liberty\Radio Free Europe got a chemical burn after a police officer attacked him with a pepper spray gas can. He was hospitalized. Vlad Krasinskiy of Insider was pushed by 2 policemen against the barricades and also suffered from pepper spraying without any preamble. Even though he also had his Press ID in front of him. Bohdan Kutyepov of Hromadske, who was dressed in an orange "Press" vest, was not allowed to work and was kicked on his leg by a police officer. Wearing the vest, rather than helping, had been the source of constant harassment from the police who kept trying to drive him away, and stop him from filming.

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