Authorities urged to do everything possible to find missing newspaper editor

first_img RSF_en News September 7, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts August 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to do everything possible to find missing newspaper editor Reporters Without Borders calls for a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of Vasyl Klymentyev, the editor of a regional investigative weekly based in the northeastern city of Kharkiv. Klymentyev was last seen on the morning of 11 August getting into an unknown person’s metallic-grey car outside his home.His mobile phone was found a few days later in a boat adrift on Pechenizke reservoir, near Kharkiv. Police used dogs to search the area without success.Klymentyev’s newspaper, Novyy Styl, specialises in covering corruption, local government irregularities and social injustice, and his colleagues think his disappearance is linked to his work. Deputy editor Petro Matviyenko said: “Vasyl often wrote about corrupt officials and that was probably the reason for his disappearance.”A few days before his disappearance, Klymentyev had been preparing a report about a 30-hectare stretch of land outside Martove, a village not far from Kharkiv, where – according to local residents – trees were being felled by regional director of taxes Stanislav Denysyuk.The investigation has been marked by several strange developments. Klymentyev’s son Oleg said he allowed the police into his father’s house to look around but they apparently found nothing of any significance. The next day, he said, Dzerzhynskiy district police arrived at his father’s home, forced the front door and, without showing a warrant, took away items without completing an inventory. As the case had not yet been defined as criminal, the police had no right to conduct a search.Another surprising development was the decision by the judicial authorities on 14 August to categorise the case as a possible “premeditated murder” under article 115 of the criminal code although the family had just reported the case as a “disappearance.”Reporters Without Borders hopes that the authorities will give the case all the attention it deserves and that Klymentyev will soon be found alive.Reporters Without Borders visited Ukraine last month in order to meet with journalists, media representatives, parliamentarians and government officials and to evaluate the press freedom situation, which has deteriorated markedly in recent months. At a news conference at the end of the visit, Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to “defend press freedom with more energy.”center_img UkraineEurope – Central Asia Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine News March 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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