SBU raiding homes of ‘aggressor state’ supporters
Being a journalist is no excuse
The Security Service of Ukraine announced the beginning of large-scale raids on supporters of the “aggressor state” (the Russian Federation). According to SBU spokesperson Svetlana Gitlyanskaya, searches are being conducted in several regions on those who “assist Russia in conducting anti-Ukrainian actions.”
“Today, the Security Service of Ukraine is carrying out more than 25 authorized searches in different regions of Ukraine for persons who contribute to the aggressor country in conducting anti-Ukrainian actions. During the searches, propaganda materials, weapons, explosives and many other evidence of subversive work against our country have already been confiscated. More detailed information will be made public on the SBU website after all the necessary procedural steps have been completed,” Gitlianskaya wrote on her Facebook page.
According to her, among the “accomplices of the aggressor” are those who are related to the journalistic department, “but belonging to the profession can not be a waiver from legal responsibility for anti-state actions.”
We note that this morning the SBU officers broke into the apartment to the Kiev journalist Lukashin: “This morning, March 12, officers of the SBU tore out the door of Journalist Lukashin’s apartment and ransacked it. — reported by fellow journalist Dmitri Skvortzof on his facebook page.
On March 5, the International Human Rights Organization Freedom House announced the persecution of journalists in Ukraine.
Also on March 5 the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine reported eight cases of violence against media employees in February. “Attacks occurred in the Lviv region, Volhynia, Poltava, Odessa, Chernigov and Kiev,” the NSJU said in a statement. It is noted that in the majority of cases, television crews were victims of physical aggression.Since the beginning of the year, 10 manifestations of physical aggression against journalists have been recorded.
On February 19, the Union of Journalists of Ukraine accused Kiev of unwillingness to investigate attacks on media workers.