11 May 2020 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 31 Mar 2020 n° 37/2020 Ukraine

Journalist Tetiana Sivokon Attacked while Reporting on Sale of Protective Masks

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 24 March 2020, while shooting a story in the Khmelnitsky region about the sale of protective masks, TV channel NewsOne journalist Tetiana Sivokon was physically attacked by a shop owner.

Ukraine is experiencing shortage of protective masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. While preparing a report on this topic, NewsOne TV crew was informed by locals that the owner of a drug store had several large boxes with such masks.

Sivokon explained: “We went to this shop, saw the announcement that masks are in stock. I politely introduced myself and asked if I could buy masks. Seeing the camera, the owner began to pull the masks pack from my hands. He said that masks are not for sale, that they are for employees only”.

“After I informed that I had called the police, the man walked around and attacked me from behind, started to wring my hand and twist my fingers to snatch the masks from my hands. He also damaged a microphone”, she added.

Doctors diagnosed the journalist with severely ligament damage and put a cast on her hand. The National Police of Ukraine recorded the injury and started an investigation into the incident.
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11 May 2020
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