27 Jun 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 09 May 2019 n° 50/2019 Ukraine

Ukrainian Journalist in Coma Following Assault

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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On 4 May 2019, a passersby found investigative reporter Vadym Komarov in downtown Cherkasy, a city in eastern Ukraine, with severe head injuries and called an ambulance and the police, according to news reports. He was taken to a local hospital, and has been in a coma after undergoing brain surgery on the same day; his condition has been described as "grave," according to those reports. On the day of the attack, the Cherkasy police department issued a statement announcing that it had opened an investigation. On 5 May, the case was classified as attempted murder, according to news reports. Police did not specify whether they believed Komarov was targeted for his reporting. On 3 May, Komarov wrote on his Facebook page that he planned to publish information related to sports schools "in the coming days." The journalist's most recent work includes a report on protests in prisons for the independent Ukrainian news website Dzvin.
Updates
20 Jun 2019
On the night of 20 June 2019, the journalist, who remained in a coma since surgery following the attack on 4 May, died.
Additional Information
State replies
27 Jun 2019
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
Follow-ups
20 Jun 2019
OSCE Media Representative deeply shocked by death of journalist Vadim Komarov in Ukraine, calls on authorities to bring perpetrators to justice
20 Jun 2019
The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights deeply saddened by the death of investigative journalist Vadym Komarov
09 May 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative appalled by attempted murder of journalist in Cherkasy, Ukraine, calls for effective investigation.
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