Journalists beaten up at pro-Russian meeting in Luhansk
17:09, — Europa
A journalist Maxim Danilchenko was beaten up by the unknown at a separatists’ meeting.
It has been stated by the head of Luhansk regional branch of the Citizens’ network “OPORA” Alexei Kormyletski on his facebook page.
“There have been several hundreds of Luhansk dwellers around, and they saw that… During the protest rally of separatists and supporters of the Russian world, Maxim Danilchenko came and started to make pictures of the rally’s progress. However the unknown persons who presented themselves as Samooborona (Self-defence), came up to him and told it was forbidden for Ukrainian journalists to film there, seized his hands, hit in the face “as prevention”, as they called that, and marched him away from the place where the rally was held,” he writes.
The organisation views this attack as a fact of pressure on Ukrainian mass media representatives in Luhansk.
“Article 26 of the Law on Printed Mass Media in Ukraine was violated, as well as Article 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. There was not a single law-enforcer near the protest rally. The question is: why? It should be noted that limiting the rights of journalists in Luhansk recently has become a “norm”. Now Maxim is filing a statement in a police department,” Kormyletski summed up.
The meeting next to the SBU headquarters seized by terrorists continues.