Vesti’s Media Office in Kyiv Raided by National Police and Military Prosecutors
The area was cordoned and special police units and armored vehicles surrounded the building. Police officers completely obstructed the work of the editorial board. Chair of the Board of Directors of Media Holding Vesti Ukraine, Olga Semchenko, explained on a Facebook post that the radio station's live broadcast was interrupted during operation and that authorities rounded up 30 journalists in a room in order to question them and search their mobile phones.
According to Olga Semchenko, the searches are in retaliation from the Prosecutor’s office for a Vesti investigation into Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matio’s income and expenses, titled “Who is Mr. Matios? What the Chief Military Prosecutor conceals”. “Government pressure is not new to us, but we haven’t seen such a major special operation yet,” she said.
Vesti’s offices have already been subjected to several attacks since 2014 and more recently in February 2017 the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine revoked the license of the Ukrainian broadcasting company “Radio Vesti” in Kharkiv city and Kyiv.
- Report on Mapping Media Freedom: "Ukraine: Media Vesti offices raided by police and chief military prosecutor"
- EFJ’s article on the revocation of Radio Vesti’s licenses: "Ukraine: about 100 jobs at risk following revocation of Radio Vesti’s licenses"
- Article by CPJ: "Security forces raid Ukrainian media group"
- Olga Semchenko’s Facebook post