More opposition "Timer" journalists detained - Ukrainian journalists demand explanations over appartment searches

More opposition "Timer" journalists detained - Ukrainian journalists demand explanations over appartment searches  | Русская весна

Ukrainian journalists have asked Ukraine’s Security Service and the prosecutor general’s office to explain the reasons for searches in apartments of journalists of Odessa "Timer" electronic news service.

"In the case of "Timer" website, we cannot but see political motives and attempts to exert pressure on journalists. In case the searches are being conducted within criminal proceedings not linked with professional activities of the website employees, we insist on being informed of that the soonest possible," journalists said in an appeal published in the Ukrainian mass media and in social networks.

The journalists reminded that under article 17 of the Ukrainian law on state support to mass media and social protection of journalists, no journalist can be arrested because of his professional activities, and none of his or her materials or technical tools can be seized from him. The appeal was signed by more than 50 journalists from Ukraine’s leading mass madia.

Earlier on Thursday, the police searched the apartment of the Timer’s editor-in-chief, Yuriy Tkachev. Later the journalists said he had been interrogated by the Security Service as a witness in a territorial integrity case. After being released he wrote on his Facebook page hat two more Timer’s journalists had been detained and interrogated. The Timer is owned by the leader of Ukraine’s Rodina (Motherland) party, Igor Markov, a federalization supporter, who had been forced to flee the country. Tkachev has repeatedly voiced support to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics (DPR and LPR).

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