Reporters Without Borders NGO is alarmed by the continuing abduction of journalists in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, web site of the organization informs.
The organization urges the Russian and Ukrainian authorities and all militias active in the region to respect and protect journalists regardless of the editorial policies of the media they work for.
In the released statement, Reporters Without Borders mentioned the incident occurred in Crimea, when two journalists with the Centre for Investigative Reporting in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, reporter Sergei Mokrushin and producer Vladlen Melnikov, were arrested by members of self-defense forces, who took them to their headquarters, beat them, and examined the contents of their mobile phones and social network accounts.
To recall, June 2, the editor of the Centre for Investigative Reporting Sergei Mokrushin and producer Vladlen Melnikov were accused of “hooliganism” without offering any details and arrested. The two journalists were released during the night after questioning by the police.
In east Ukraine, the editors of two regional newspapers – Aleksandr Brizh of 'Donbas' and Leonid Lapa of 'Vecherny Donetsk' – were kidnapped in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, on 2 June. After being released they said separatist abductors had demanded a change in editorial policies.