11 Oct 2019 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 11 Jul 2019 n° 80/2019 Ukraine
Cameraman Vadim Makaryuk Severely Assaulted
On 7 June 2019, Vadim Makaryuk, a cameraman for the 24th channel and Visti.News portal, was attacked with tear gas and beaten up by unidentified men, while filming a business-related dispute in the Barabashov marketplace in Kharkiv. The assaillants took away the journalist's camera and the memory card. Makaryuk spent more than a week in intensive care. He was still in hospital as of 9 July. Doctors diagnosed a hemorrhagic stroke and disrupted motor functions of the right arm and right leg as a result of the injuries. The police has opened criminal proceedings, under the charges of "obstruction of journalistic activities", "threat or violence against a journalist" and "hooliganism with the use of a weapon". Three suspects were placed under house arrest.
11 Oct 2019
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
12 Jul 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative Statement: "OSCE Media Freedom Representative condemns attack on cameraman Vadim Makaryuk in Ukraine, calls on authorities to thoroughly investigate it"