US concerned about the publication of “Peacemaker” data journalists

США обеспокоены публикацией "Миротворцем" данных о журналистах

The United States expressed concerned about the publication by the site “Peacemaker” personal data of journalists from different countries who were accredited to work in the Donbas. This was stated by state Department spokesman USA Elizabeth Trudeau, reports “TASS”.

“We are very concerned about the hacking (database) and publish personal information about journalists who are in war zones,” she said.

The diplomat stressed that the United States supports the fundamental principle of freedom of the press and believe that journalists play a critical role, especially in countries where the situation of human rights and civil liberties remains fragile.

Earlier, the European Union urged the Ukrainian authorities to remove published by the site “Peacemaker” personal data of journalists.

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 news Agency, the Associated Press, The Guardian and others). In total there are more than 4 thousand journalists made public their phone numbers, e-mail, and the period of stay in the occupied territories.

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”).