19:14 02.06.2016

G7 ambassadors concerned by disclosure, demand removal of journalists' data on Ukrainian Mirotvorets website

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G7 ambassadors concerned by disclosure, demand removal of journalists' data on Ukrainian Mirotvorets website

The ambassadors of the G7 nations are concerned by the leak of journalists' personal data on the Ukrainian website Mirotvorets, and called on those responsible to remove the data, according to a G7 statement published on the website of the German Embassy to Ukraine.

"The G7 Ambassadors are deeply concerned by the recent massive disclosures of journalists' personal data on the Mirotvorets website. This contravenes the spirit and the letter of Ukrainian law, which states clearly that personal data can only be publicly released with the individual's consent. It also contravenes Ukraine's international commitments," the G7 ambassadors said in a statement released on Thursday.

The characterization of all journalists named on the list as "collaborators with terrorists" jeopardizes their personal safety and the Ukrainian freedom of the media, according to the document. Journalists should be allowed to do their job without threats, harassments and intimidation, the ambassadors said.

"We call on those responsible for Mirotvorets to remove personal data from the website and desist from inflammatory language. We are particularly concerned that threats are being made against individuals as a result of the information published by Mirotvorets," the statement said.

The ambassadors also welcomed the announcement by Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov that he will take action in response to any such threats, and urged the Ukrainian authorities to protect the freedom of the media in the country.

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