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15 Oct 2021

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Ukraine: Journalists assaulted during an interview with Ukreksimbank chief

Ukraine Investigates Assault On Journalists During Interview With Bank Executive, 5 October 2021

Ukrainian authorities say they have launched an investigation into an assault on journalists of the Skhemy (Schemes) program during an interview with Ukreksimbank chief Yevhen Metsher in Kyiv...

The incident started when Kyrylo Ovsyaniy -- a reporter for Skhemy, a joint investigative project by RFE/RL and UA: Pershy television -- asked Metsher a question that angered the bank executive as part of an investigation that the journalists plan to make public soon.

[Note: investigation now available here.]

Metsher instructed security personnel to stop the journalists and take their cameras and video materials away, after which physical force was used against cameraman Oleksandr Mazur to forcibly seize his two cameras and memory cards...

Ovsyaniy recorded the incident with an audio device, and posted the clip on YouTube. In a statement on Facebook, the bank did not address allegations that force was used against journalists...

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