Freedom of press infringed by armed Donetsk separatists in Eastern Ukraine



8 masked people bearing bats came to the editorial office of the site and made demands as to coverage of the so-called ‘People’s Republic of Donetsk’, the site’s chief editor Roman Lazorenko explained in an comment for ‘Novosti Donbasa’.

“They presented themselves as representatives of the ‘People’s Republic of Donetsk’. They wore bullet-proof vests, masks, and were armed with bats. One was in plain clothes, said he was Dmitriy Sylakov. Sylakov made a list of demands to the editors of the site, including: to not call the people who seized the building of the Donetsk Regional State Administration separatists, and to have any information regarding the activities of the so-called ‘People’s republic of Donetsk’ approved by their representatives prior to publication. They also demanded to post the number of the card to which donations are collected for the needs of these people,” said Lazorenko.

According to the journalist, the editors stated that they may not fulfill these requirements, upon which Sylakov said that it was “urgently recommended” to do so.


Translated by Alya Shandra

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  • chornajuravka

    Reblogged this on Voices of Ukraine.

  • Andrzej Dąbrówka

    “a list of demands to the editors of the site” – this is what they fear most: true reporting of events, the poisoned minds are shocked when confronted with independent media.

  • Volodya

    This imbeciles simply have no understanding of a free press. A sorry lot. The sooner the region is freed, the better it will be for all citizens.

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  • narwhal8915

    As a free lance journalist I saw significant amount of photographic evidence of the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the right_sector thugs in Odessa on 2_May_2014 even I saw them beat viscously burned survivors while chanting hatred. When what I saw gets on TV?