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In the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia region, rashists are looking for journalists to force them to cooperate, send threatening letters to the media and expose news sites to DDOS attacks.

April 27, 2022.

    In Melitopol, Berdyansk, Energodar and Tokmak, the russian military is interrogating and searching journalists, stealing equipment and taking hostages of the press.
    On March 8, a large number of journalists were abducted in Berdyansk at the same time. The rashists questioned the names of other journalists to add them to their list. From the databases of local authorities, the russian military receives their addresses.
    Svitlana Zalizetska, editor of the RIA Melitopol news site, left Melitopol under a different name. After that, her house was searched by two russian soldiers and a russian civilian. They took the journalist's 75-year-old father hostage. Two days later, they agreed to release him in exchange for control of the website. But Svetlana continues to be persecuted via e-mail and social networks.
    Vitaliy Holod, editor of the “Nashe Misto” Tokmak newspaper, left for Kyiv on March 20, and two days later rashists searched his home, seizing documents and other items.
    Kateryna Danylina-Levochko, a correspondent for “Industrial Zaporizhia”, also managed to leave Melitopol before the russian occupiers came to her parents' house on March 21 to arrest her.
    By hunting down Ukrainian journalists, the occupiers are trying to intimidate them and force them to spread kremlin propaganda.
    Obstruction of free journalism is a gross violation of the Hague Conventions and Declaration, the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Victims of War and its Additional Protocols, and the Convention on the Laws and Customs of Land Warfare, which provide security guarantees for journalists.
    I appeal to the UN Commission for Investigation Human Rights Violations during Russia's military invasion of Ukraine to take into account these facts of war crimes and human rights violations in Ukraine.

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