15 Apr 2020 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 17 Jan 2020 n° 191/2020 Ukraine

Arson Attack against Holos Sambirshchyny Newspaper

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 19 December 2019, in L’viv region, the premises of the regional newspaper “Holos Sambirshchyny” (“Voice of Sambirschyny”) were burned following a fire that occurred overnight. When arriving to work, the staff saw broken doors and dense smoke. Most of the equipment and furnitures are destroyed. A safe, which contained statutory editorial documents was declared lost and found further away - locked with the documents inside.

The Ukrainian National Union of Journalists expressed solidarity with their colleagues and appealed to the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Police to ensure an effective operational investigation of the case. The circumstances and causes of the fire are now being investigated by the police. The Police opened criminal proceedings under Part 3 of Art. 185 (theft) and Part 2 of Art. 194 (intentional destruction or damage to property) of the Criminal Code. The maximum sentence provided for in articles is between three and ten years' imprisonment.
State replies
15 Apr 2020
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