The Secretary General of the Council of Europe has urged Poroshenko to ensure the safety of journalists

Генсек Совета Европы призвал Порошенко обеспечить безопасность журналистов

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland sent a letter to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in which he expressed concern at the publication on the Ukrainian site “Peacemaker” personal data of journalists, accredited in the “DNR” and “LNR”, and urged the government to ensure their safety. This is reported by “RIA Novosti” with reference to the corresponding letter.

Jagland expressed “its deep concern” at the fact that this information, particularly the personal data of journalists became public. He recalled that “the publication of personal data threatens these journalists”, and “some of them are already threatened”.

The publication notes that the Secretary General has indicated that it is highly disturbed by the fact that the publication was supported by some politicians, including members of the Ukrainian Parliament.

He also reminded about the need to respect the European Convention on human rights, as well as on standards concerning the protection of personal data, adopted in the Council of Europe.

“Jagland urged the Ukrainian Ombudsman to block possible access to these resources. He also urged Poroshenko as the guarantor of the Constitution of Ukraine and human rights and freedoms, to ensure the safety of the private lives of journalists”, – the newspaper writes.

Today it became known about the termination of activity of “Peacemaker”.

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Recall that the Ukrainian website “Peacemaker” on may 10 published the lists of journalists who received accreditation in the so-called “Donetsk people’s Republic” (“DPR”). In this registry were several thousand employees of both Ukrainian and international media (AFP, Al Jazeera, BBC, Reuters, France 24, Sky news, CNN, Xinhua, Associated Press, The Guardian and others). In total, it lists more than 4 thousand journalists made public their phone numbers, e-mail, and the period of stay in the occupied territories.

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Later a number of journalists published a statement regarding the actions of the site “Peacemaker”. They demanded that we remove this information and reported that after the publication of personal data, some have already started to call and text with threats. In addition, they addressed to militiamen with a call to open criminal proceedings on the fact of violation of the law of Ukraine “On protection of personal data”.

The Prosecutor’s office already opened criminal proceedings under part 1 St. 171 criminal code of Ukraine (“Preventing of lawful professional activity of journalists”).

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