Mass media workers are called to honor the memory of their colleagues

16 September 2015 14:26  17106241 0107289
Mass media workers are called to honor the memory of their colleagues

On the 16th of September, the day of disappearance of Georgiy Gongadze, Ukrainian journalists and media organizatiion call for a campaign of solidarity with and honoring the memory of all journalists killed since the independence.

The campaign under the slogan "Arm yourselves with truth!" will be held in Uzhgorod too.

Uzhgorod city organization of the "Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine" invites all who are in solidarity with the struggle for the rights of journalists and wants to honor the memory of fallen colleagues to come to Teatralna Square at 18.00.

At this time, journalists from different cities of Ukraine will come to the squares of their cities and remember the names of those who laid their lives for the freedom of speech.

For information: The total number of press freedom violations in 2014 was 995 cases, which is twice higher than that in 2013 (496 cases), and three times higher than that of 2012 (324 cases).   The peak of kidnappings of journalists was in April, when 20 of them were captured, all in Donetsk region. Overall, during the year, 79 journalists were in captivity, seven were killed. The number of censorship incidents in 2014 is twice the number of those in 2013 (152 against 62 in 2013).

During 2014, there were also 63 raids on editorial offices, which is almost eight (!) times more than that in 2013 (8 cases). In seven months of 2015, the IMI recorded one case of the murder of a journalist, 30 beatings and attacks on journalists, 39 obstructions of journalistic activities and 9 cases of censorship.

In 2015, the situation with the investigation of crimes against media professionals in Ukraine, unfortunately, has not improved.

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