12 Nov 2020 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 24 Jul 2020 n° 187/2020 Ukraine

Ukrainian Journalist Katerina Sergatskova in Hiding amid Threats

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner CPJ Article 19 EFJ/IFJ RPT RSF
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On 11 July 2020, Roman Skrypin, a local journalist, posted on Facebook – where he has more than 130,000 followers – a photo of Katerina Sergatskova, chief editor of the news site Zaborona, along with her son, her son’s name, and a picture purporting to be her home.

The posts were later deleted. Before they were, commenters sent threats of death and violence against her, and accusations that she supported the Russia Federation. The photo of the journalist and her son was not deleted.

On 13 July, Sergatskova left her home in Kyiv and went into hiding, saying she feared for her life and the lives of her husband and two children, according to news reports.

Her lawyer filed a complaint with the Kyiv police. The police's refusal to open an investigation prompted him to file a complaint with the central branch of the Ministry of Interior.

Since 2 July 2020, Zaborona has published several investigative reports about right-wing activists in Ukraine and their alleged ties with Ukrainian media.

In his 11 July Facebook post, Skrypin wrote that Sergatskova should “go away” and “raise your son in Volgograd”, Russia Federation. In other posts, Skrypin alleged that Sergatskova, who is originally from the Russia Federation, was a Russian spy. Skrypin said that he found the photos of Sergatskova from a publicly available source.

Sergatskova, who received Ukrainian citizenship in 2015, has worked in Ukraine for over 10 years, and reported from a conflict zone in the country’s east.

CPJ emailed Ukraine’s National Police in Kyiv for comment, but did not immediately receive any reply.
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