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Stop Censorship: Only one topic: persecution of EuroMaidan activists

25.12.13

In response to the savage beating of journalist and civic activist Tetyana Chornovol, Stop Censorship has issued an appeal to Ukrainian journalists to devote all their news and political programmes today and tomorrow to one subject alone: the persecution and repressive measures against EuroMaidan activists.

ďToday the entire media must show that what Tetyana was writing about and what served as the reason for the attempt on her life was investigations into the corruption of Viktor Yanukovych; Andriy Klyuyev; Vitaliy Zakharchenko and other high-ranking officials. We must provide coverage of the intimidation and attacks on all activists who took part in peaceful protests since publicity is becoming virtually the only way of defending tens and hundreds of people.

We call on all colleagues to demonstrate that impunity breeds violence.

The lack of punishment for the crimes in Vradiyivka, including political liability, led to the beating of students on EuroMaidan in the early hours of Nov 30. †The absence of liability for the use of force on EuroMaidan led to the attack on Tanya Chornovol and the repressive measures against activists throughout the country.

We would point out that crimes against journalists in Ukraine are generally not investigated and the culprits not held to answer. †This includes the wholesale beating of journalists on Bankova St on Dec 1.

This must stop.

We call on colleagues working in the press services of the relevant ministries and government departments to make all effort to ensure that an investigation is carried out and that there is maximum information about how it is progressing.

If there is no investigation and those responsible are not brought to justice, a wave of violence could engulf Ukraine.†

see also:
No Questions Asked? Court Releases Tetyana Chornovolís Attackers
Suspect in Tetyana Chornovol attack receives asylum in Russia
Chornovol investigation descends into "road rage" farce
Chornovol believes Yanukovych ordered the attack on her
Serious doubts about the Chornovol investigation
Attack on Chornovol distorted by State-owned TV
Doubts rising over investigation into Chornovol attack
Tetyana Chornovol exposes her attackers
Attack on Tetyana Chornovol, investigative journalist and EuroMaidan activist
Tetyana Chornovol detained after entering Mezhyhirya
Attempt to prosecute journalist for anti-language law graffiti at Mezhyhirya
Cassation appeal against ban on peaceful gathering near Mezhyhirya
Jornalists draw up a Corruption Map
Court again protects Yanukovych from journalists
ďUkrainska PravdaĒ suit over Presidentís Mezhyhirya residence at cassation level
Appeal Court upholds ban on peaceful Stop Censorship action outside Presidentís mansion
Stop Censorship appeals against ban on protest outside Presidentís Residence
Only two TV channels showed the journalists at Mezhyhirya