05 Jun 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 13 Dec 2019 n° 148/2019 Ukraine

Journalist Oleksandr Vlashchenko Assaulted by Unknown Assaillant

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Vlashchenko was assaulted on 30 November 2019, in the port city of Mykolayiv. Oleksandr Vlashchenko, who works for the web site Novosti N, was on his way home when an unknown assailant sprayed liquid in his eyes and then hit him several times in the face and on the head. He managed to reach his family who immediately called an ambulance and alerted the police. Vlashchenko had to be hospitalized and was diagnosed with concussion and injuries to his lower lip. He claimed the attack may have been motivated by his work. According to the editorial board of Novosti N, it is not the first time that Vlashchenko had been targeted for his journalistic work. In 2014, a group of unknown people had kidnapped him and threatened to kill him if he did not delete footage shot on the premises of the Mykolaiv Regional Council. Despite the police being provided with detailed information about the attacker, including photographs, no one has been arrested.
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05 Jun 2020
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