11.12.2000 | O. Svetikov, ’Luganskinform-KVU’

The Lugansk oblast is a risk area for journalists


During the last month in the Lugansk oblast four criminal offences against journalists of the oblast mass media were committed. Some journalists regard this fact as the beginning of the criminal redistribution of informational space before the election.

On 16 September, under the guise of robbery, an editor of newspaper ’Rakurs’ Mykola Severin was beaten.

On 15 October a journalist of the TV-company ’Efir-1’ Valeriy Sorokolit was beaten near his house in the center of Lugansk.

At night from 15 to 16 October the editorial office of the newspaper ’XXI vek’ and press center of the TV-company ֵ+1’ were robbed. The robbers did not take valuable apparatus, they were interested only in computers and diskettes, in other words, only in information carriers.

On 19 October Anatoliy Kibelniuk, a reporter of the newspaper ’Nasha gazeta’, was beaten in Krasnodon, where he was on a mission. Who is the next?

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