14 Feb 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 04 Sep 2016 n° 90/2016 Ukraine

Arson Attack on Ukrainian Broadcaster Inter TV

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner Article 19 EFJ/IFJ Index
Partner Article 19 EFJ/IFJ Index
The Kyiv headquarters of Inter-TV, a private Ukrainian broadcaster, were set on fire on 4 September 2016, as a group of approximately 20 men staged a rally outside it, protesting against the channel’s alleged pro-Kremlin policy.

According to a police official, a smoke bomb was thrown into the building causing a fire on the first and second floors. At least 30 people were evacuated. The channel has reported that many suffered from smoke inhalation and one journalist was injured while escaping from the fire. Inter TV channel has previously been the victim of four violent attacks in 2016.

Following the arson attack, from 9 a.m. on 5 September 2016, a group of around 50 protesters blocked Inter TV channel employees from entering the premises, stating that the blockade would continue until the pro-Russian channel stops broadcasting. On 6 September the channel reported that they still could not enter the premises.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has described the arson attack as an attempt to destabilise the country, and has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident by the Prosecutor General’s Office. Local authorities reported that six people have been arrested in connection with the arson.
State replies
14 Feb 2017
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
07 Sep 2016
CoE Spokesperson: We call on the Ukrainian authorities to investigate the attacks on Inter TV and its employees
07 Sep 2016
CoE Spokesperson: Ukraine - we underline the obligation to ensure media freedom
07 Sep 2016
OSCE Media Freedom Representative: Disagreement with editorial line cannot result in violence against media; safety of journalists in Ukraine must be ensured, says OSCE Representative
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