February 8, 2018 – Fort Russ News –
– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter –
|From the editor-in-chief’s facebook page|
The office of the newspaper “Vesti” was seized in Kiev
Newest update from the editor’s facebook page:
It’s all getting more interesting! After the armed men ransacked the editorial office, they said that something interesting had been found in the Vesti office. The investigation team was called. It seems that the provocation and indictment of journalists for crimes is being prepared !!
Unknown persons, allegedly officers of the National Police and the main military prosecutor’s office of the GPU [General Prosecutor of Ukraine], broke into the office of the newspaper “Vesti”, located in the “Gulliver” business Center. This is reported by Vesti.
Oksana Omelchenko, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Vesti and site Vesti-ukr.com posts on Facebook:
“Well, it all started! About 6 am they surrounded “Gulliver”, come to our floor, these “lovely” people. Colleagues with Radio report that the sound is as if they started destroying everything. Soon we will start on the site online. Just today, the second part of the investigation about the National Agency and its friends was being prepared for publication.”
According to Omelchenko, the armed men are removing materials out of the premises. Media lawyers and journalists are not allowed to enter the office. They also spray painted over the internal surveillance camera and brought in welding equipment.
Recall that on January 31, the chief editor of the Ukrainian portal Country.ua Guzhva asked for political asylum in Austria.
Earlier it was reported that in Ukraine in 2017, 85 journalists were beaten.
Recall that in Ukraine more than once there were high-profile murders of journalists. July 20, 2016 in Kiev as a result of an explosion of a car, journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed. On April 18, it was two years since the murder of Olesya Buzina.
On April 26, it became known that Ukraine ranked 102 out of 180 in the new rating of freedom of speech from “Reporters without Borders” out of 180 after such countries as Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Madagascar, and Kyrgyzstan.
At the same time on January 26, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Avakov estimated the level of freedom of speech in Ukraine “five with plus.”