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243 crimes against journalists and the media in Ukraine committed by Russia in two months of the war

243 crimes against journalists and the media in Ukraine committed by Russia in two months of the war

In two months of the full-scale war, Russia has committed 243 crimes against journalists and the media in Ukraine.

The data presented are according to the monitoring conducted by the Institute of Mass Information (IMI).

As of April 24, 2022, seven journalists were killed while carrying out their professional duty, nine were injured, and at least 15 were missing.

IMI has documented eight cases of journalists being captured and abducted by Russians. In these cases, at least nine journalists were taken as hostages. Most of them have already been released, but the fate of one of the journalists, Dmytro Khyliuk, who disappeared in Kyiv region, is still unknown. Colleagues had some intelligence about him being taken hostage. However, after the region had already been liberated from the occupants, there was no information about the journalist’s whereabouts.

In addition, the fate of at least 14 journalists from Mariupol also remains unknown. IMI is currently unable to verify what happened to our colleagues, so we consider them missing.

The list of Russian crimes also includes shelling, threats, harassment of journalists, shelling and seizure of TV towers, hacking attacks on Ukrainian media websites, shelling of media offices, shutting down Ukrainian broadcasting, and blocking access to Ukrainian media websites in Russia and the occupied Crimea. In addition, at least 106 regional media outlets had to cease their work due to threats from the Russian occupants: seizure of offices, inability to work under temporary occupation, and print newspapers, etc.

Seven journalists have been killed while carrying out their duties in Kyiv and its suburbs in the two months since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Among them were three Ukrainian journalists and four foreign ones, five men and two women.

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