Journalist With Russian State News Agency Detained, Office Searched In Kyiv

Journalist With Russian State News Agency Detained, Office Searched In Kyiv

"I Express serious concern about the morning RAID at the Russian mediafish in Kiev, the arrest of journalists and the searches of the house of journalists", said Harlem Desir.

Chief editor of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency Kirill Vyshinsky, detained in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Tuesday, has been taken to the city of Kherson and put into a pre-trial detention center belonging to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), Spokesperson for the so-called "Crimean" Prosecutor's Office [part of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office, based in Kherson - TASS] Tatyana Tikhonchik told TASS on Wednesday. "It is something that includes global human rights law", Nauert added.

SBU deputy chief Viktor Kononenko accused Vyshynsky of travelling to Crimea in 2014 to carry out "subversive" reporting and later collaborating with separatist groups in eastern Ukraine. The journalist and his colleagues in Kiev stopped answering phone calls. In a Facebook post, he accused the news agency of being the "descendants of Goebbels" that are engaged in "disinformation war".

The diplomat added that support of the media freedom across the world was very important for Germany.

The OSCE official added that within the framework of the Helsinki Final Act, the OSCE member states had committed to ensure proper working conditions for foreign reporters working on the territories of such countries.

"We call on Ukrainian authorities to disclose the charges and evidence they have against Vyshinsky or release him without delay", CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said.

"I completely agree with the fact that the worldwide community should finally provide an adequate reaction to the long-standing policy of oppressing Russian-language media in Ukraine. The criminalization of alternative news and views has no place in a democratic Ukraine".

"Kiev authorities have any respect for the global media whose position does not suit Kiev", spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

"Lavrov said it was "far from the first time" that the Ukrainian authorities have "restricted the activities" of Russian journalists in Ukraine".

Zakharova also criticized the Western states and worldwide organizations for not paying enough attention to crackdown on the press in Ukraine.

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