Zakharova on Donbass journalist scandal: Ukrainian perpetrators have no sense of civilization

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May 12, 2016 – 

RusVesna – 

Translated by J. Arnoldski

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mariya Zakharova, has stated that Ukraine’s revealing of the personal data of journalists is a direct call for violence against them. 

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“The personal data was published in such a situation and in such form with the footnote that these are enemies of Ukraine. This is a direct call for violence against journalists,” Zakharova said at a briefing in Moscow.

According to her, such practice cannot be supported by pointing to international experiences and precedents. 

“You disgraceful organizers and managers of the so-called ‘Peacemaker’ website have no sense of international experience. You are still far from this civilized, international experience,” the foreign ministry representative remarked.

Ukrainian internet resources earlier published lists of journalists working in the DPR and LPR and listed their personal data. The names of five thousand such media representatives were published. The Kiev prosecutor’s office has since reported that it has opened a criminal case in connection with the obstruction of the professional activities of journalists due to the publishing of their data. 

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