Alyona Mazurenko – Saturday, 26 March 2022, 21:02
Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has said that 12 journalists have died at the hands of the Russian forces since the beginning of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Source: Iryna Venediktova, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, on Facebook
According to Venediktova: "Uncovering the truth about Putin’s aggression is dangerous and deadly: 12 journalists have already been killed in the war.
They were covering the war crimes committed by the Russian Federation and have become its [Russia’s] victims. 10 more media workers have received injuries of varying severity."
Details: According to the Prosecutor General, so far the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations indicates that the occupiers have committed crimes against at least 56 members of the media, 15 of them citizens of other countries.
4 UK citizens, 2 citizens of the Czech Republic, 2 of Denmark, 2 of UAE, 1 of Switzerland, and 2 US citizens were victims of the Russian soldiers. One of the US citizens was killed, as was an Irish citizen and Russian citizen.
On 25 March, during the filming of an evacuation from the bombed and depleted city of Chernihiv, a car with camera crews of Ukrainian 1+1 and Turkish TRT World TV channels came under fire.
Reporter Andriy Tsaplienko suffered a shrapnel wound. An investigation into a violation of the laws and customs of war by Russian forces has been launched.
Law enforcement officers also registered at least 7 cases of shelling, destruction, or damage to TV towers, and TV and radio companies.
Venediktova added that the prosecutor’s office is monitoring the crimes against journalists in cooperation with the Institute of Mass Media.
According to their monitoring, 148 illegal actions have been committed against journalists and media in Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.