OSCE Representative Mijatović expresses concern about journalists’ safety in Ukraine
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic has expressed concern today about published personal information of journalists, who were accredited in Donbas, on Mirotvorets [Peacekeeper] website, as she thinks it creates even greater threat to the safety of media representatives.
"This is a very alarming development which could further endanger the safety situation for journalists. Journalists report on issues of public interest and they should not be harassed for doing their job," the OSCE press service quoted Mijatović.
Mijatović noted concern expressed by media community in and around Ukraine about the leaked list, and said it was worrying that some journalists on the list already received threats.
As reported, Myrotvorets (Peacekeeper) website published files listing some 4,500 journalists accredited in the DPR and LPR. The list includes the full names of the Ukrainian and foreign journalists, their cell phone numbers, and the duration of their stay in the DPR and LPR.
A number of Ukrainian and foreign journalists have issued a statement expressing their indignation at a publication on the Ukrainian Mirotvorets website of the database of contacts from various media outlets of DPR and LPR. They demanded that the Mirotvorets website to immediately remove the information about journalists' personal data from the open access. They also demand that the Ukrainian politicians and MPs stop manipulating this information. They claim opening criminal proceedings by law enforcement agencies on the fact of Ukrainian law violation on personal data protection, pressure and threats to journalists, which are specified in the list.
Kyiv prosecutor office has put in the information about criminal offence commitment on the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations provided by the Part 1, Article 171 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code (obstruction to legal professional activities of journalists).