For almost three years the number of cases of attacks on journalists, which reached the court declined five times. Such data has led the national Union of journalists of Ukraine.
“Only a small percentage of cases open at the article about preventing of journalistic activity, comes to court. And even if the court passes sentence – a punishment for criminals is disproportionate to the crime itself”, – stated in the message.
According to the head of NUJU Sergey Tomilenko, the Union began its own monitoring of incidents of physical aggression towards journalists and today with the beginning of 2017, there are about fifty such cases.
Secretary of NUJU Valery Makeev gave details of the Prosecutor’s office on investigation of crimes against journalists: in 2015 before the trial came 15 cases in 2016 and 12 in 2017 – just three. “It’s about 7% from open proceedings,” he said.
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Makeev also gave an example of when the beating of the editor of a newspaper, a wooden bat perpetrator had the penalty of a fine of a few hundred hryvnia, while the consequence lasted two years.
20 September 2017, the Kiev police reported about opening of criminal proceedings on the fact of attack on journalist LIGA.net Eugene Golovatjuk.