The Committee to protect journalists calls on Ukraine to release the Myravitski

© Photo : an account of Basil Myravitski in FacebookБлогер-journalist Vasil Muravitsky. Archive photoThe Committee to protect journalists calls on Ukraine to release the Myravitski© Photo : Vasily Myravitski account in Facebook

Based in new York nongovernmental organization Committee to protect journalists (CPJ) has demanded from the Ukrainian authorities to immediately release the journalist Vasily Myravitski, who is suspected of treason and placed under arrest.

«We urge the Ukrainian authorities to immediately release Vasily Myravitski and to drop all charges,» — said in a press release, the program coordinator of CPJ in Europe and Central Asia Nina Ognianova.

«Ukrainian journalists must cease to divide journalists into Patriotic and unpatriotic-minded, instead they should focus on the critical role of journalists in a democratic society: to invoke the responsibility of state officials,» she added.

«The Committee to protect journalists said that Ukraine pursues critics and media that believe antipatriotism configured», — stated in the message of the organization.

The security service of Ukraine on 1 August detained in Zhitomir Myravitski, who is suspected of state treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, violation of equality of citizens, creating a terrorist organization. According to the SBU, his articles have been published on «sites, which were administered from the Russian Federation and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine». The Prosecutor’s office said that the journalist faces up to 15 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property. The court in Zhytomyr arrested Myravitski two months, the defense filed an appeal, but its consideration was transferred twice.

The editor of Ukraine.ru, which also wrote Muravitsky Iskander Khisamov, called the prosecution of journalists in political repression. Secretary of the Union of journalists of Russia, member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of journalists (IFJ) Timur Shafir believes such accusations are further proof that the Ukrainian authorities are trying to exclude from the information space in a different point of view.

The Russian foreign Ministry has called the detention of Myravitski the next episode of the campaign forced suppression of opposition mass media in Ukraine and called on the OSCE and the Council of Europe and international organizations to condemn the policy of Kiev against the media. The expense of such cases in Ukraine runs into tens: the latter, in particular, and the persecution of the editor of the Internet portal «Strenia» of the Igor Guzhva, who was detained in Kiev on June 22 on suspicion of extortion. Guzhva said the case against him planned provocation.

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