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Translated by Ollie Richardson

15:05:01
26/08/2017

strana.ua

The non-governmental organization based in New York “Committee to Protect Journalists” (CPJ) demanded from the authorities of Ukraine to immediately release the journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who is suspected of high treason and was placed under arrest.

This was reported by the press service of the organization.

CPJ pays attention to the fact that Muravitsky, in an interview to “Strana” from behind bars, denied the allegations made against him. He also explained that the contract signed with “Russia Today” was the standard one that is used “by hundreds of journalists worldwide”, and evidence proving that his articles constitute high treason hasn’t been produced to him.

“We urge the Ukrainian authorities to release immediately Vasily Muravitsky and to dismiss all charges from him,” said the coordinator of the CPJ programs in Europe and Central Asia Nina Ognianova in the press release.

“Ukrainian leaders must stop dividing journalists into patriotic and unpatriotic, and instead reiterate the critical role of journalists in a democratic society to hold public officials accountable,” she added.

The Committee to Protect Journalists also noted that “the independent news website, Strana, which interviewed Muravitsky, has also come under SBU harassment”.

“The Committee to Protect Journalists considers that Ukraine has been cracking down on critics and media outlets considered anti-patriotic,” it is said in the statement of the organization.

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