Wednesday, February 19, 2014

One Journalist Killed And Many Injured In Kiev Clashes

Vyacheslav Veremyi (Pic. IFJ)


At least one journalist has been reported killed during clashes between protestors and the police in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. The BBC reported that Vyacheslav Veremyi, a journalist working for the Russian newspaper Vesti was pulled out of a taxi by masked men and shot dead.

The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) confirming the death of Vermeyi “by unknown assailants” said that there were reports of 30 journalists being seriously injured and many more hurt.



Violence that erupted on Tuesday left 25 dead – that included 14 protestors – and 100s injured, said the BBC as police moved into Maidan or Independence Square in Kiev to confront protestors holed up there.

The protests seemed to subside Monday following an announcement of talks to settle outstanding issues between the protestors and the opposition on the one hand and the government on the other. However, it was rekindled the next day as moves to reduce President Viktor Yanukovych’s constitutional powers were opposed by government representatives in the parliament. This was followed by the police assault on the protestors in the square.

IFJ in a statement condemned the murder of Vermeyi and “called on all sides involved in the ongoing protests to end the deliberate targeting of journalists and to uphold the freedom and safety of media professionals who are doing their jobs and reporting on events that are in the public interest.”

Meanwhile a group of international media monitors including IFJ, World Association of Newspapers, Article 19, Reporters without Borders, International Media Support, Open Society Foundations and the Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media of the OSCE, are on a three-day fact-finding mission in Ukraine, IFJ said.

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