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136 journalists injured since the protests began

04.02.14

The Institute for Mass Information reports that since Nov 21 when the widespread protests in Ukraine began 136 journalists have been injured either while carrying out their work or as the result of their journalist activities. IMI counted only those cases which were linked with the journalistsí professional activities, and where journalists received real injuries or their equipment was damaged.

Most journalists Ė 80 cases Ė were injured during the last 2 weeks, from Jan 19 to Feb 2.

In 54 cases journalists were beaten by police or Berkut riot police officers;

27 journalists received injuries from the explosion of stun grenades;

21 journalists were attacked by titushki or hired thugs;

17 journalists received bullet wounds from the gunfire coming from the police on Hrushevsky St in Kyiv;

There were also 2 cases when Berkut officers aimed at journalistsí cameras, however they managed to duck and the bullets didnít hit them;

A further 19 journalists were injured from other actions, for example, when police and protesters were pushed up against each other; from stones thrown from either side; and from teargas.

31 journalists had their equipment (video recorders; cameras; tablets; memory drives; etc) either damaged or totally destroyed.† confrontation when police and protesters

11 journalists were detained or arrested by the police. †

see also:
More reports of journalists under fire
SBU General: Police in breach of the Constitution on Hrushevsky St
Parliamentary Titushkism
Yevgeny Novitsky: Iím a foreign agent and Iím proud of it
Writers, journalists and activists hand themselves in
Signed into Dictatorship
Legal analysis of the Jan 16 laws
Statement from Human Rights Organizations
Yanukovychís Dangerous Blitzkrieg
Ruling party absolves Berkut of liability for Nov 30
Ukraineís ruling majority slips in dangerously repressive law