This Is How Dangerous It Is To Report On The EuroMaidan Protests
Internews Ukraine's Eastern Partnership Media Watch project released a report today highlighting some of the challenges journalists have faced covering the EuroMaidan protests. Five of those points deal with physical abuse and intimidation. The analysis is based on activity between January 20-26.
- There are videos circulating around the web of law enforcement officers training their guns on camera men and women and firing what some say are robber bullets.
- Natalka Pisnya, a journalist at 1+1 TV channel, says she was injured in her leg by such a bullet while covering the protests.
- Dmytro Dvoychenkov, with Espreso online TV, says he was kidnapped and beaten by police on Jan. 22 but released the same day, according to the Kyiv Post.
- The attack that drew the most media attention was that of Tetyana Chernovil, a journalist known for her investigations into government corruption. As she was driving home in December, her car was cornered by a sports utility vehicle. Chernovil, 34, tried to flee but was beaten by several men.
- 2. Many journalists have been charged with crimes, reportedly because of their coverage of the protests.
- 3. It has gotten so tense for some journalists that several have reportedly fled Ukraine.
- 5. A few reporters have left government-leaning TV stations.