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Police detain two suspects in attack on journalist Chornovol

December 25, 2013, 22:43 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, December 25, 22:27 /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian police have detained two persons suspected of an attack on journalist Tatyana Chornovol.

Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko said on Wednesday, December 25, that three persons involved in the attack had been identified, and the two detained ones were being interrogated.

“I am personally overseeing the investigation of the attack on Tatyana Chornovol. We have set up a strong investigative team made up of the best investigators,” the minister said.

The journalist was attacked and beaten up last night. She was driving a car when it got cut off. Unidentified persons pulled her out of the car, beat her and then pushed her car into the ditch.

Chernovol, a journalist with the newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda, was severely beaten on her way from Boryspil to Kiev. Reportedly she suffered serious injuries, including a concussion and broken nose.

According to Ukrainskaya Pravda, Chernovol’s latest and critical reports covered high-level law enforcement officials.

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic voiced deep concern about journalists’ safety in Ukraine following an attack against Chernovol.

“Attacks on journalists cannot be tolerated, there must be no impunity for the perpetrators. I welcome that President Yanukovich condemned this attack and call on the authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice,” Mijatovic said

She also reiterated her call to the Ukrainian authorities to improve the safety of journalists which has unfortunately deteriorated in recent weeks.

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