Russia holds in captivity 25 journalists who are not combatants - MP
The head of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech, Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, said that Russia is currently holding captive 25 journalists who are not direct participants in the hostilities
He said this during an online conversation on January 10 broadcast by the Commission on Journalistic Ethics.
The MP called the protection of the rights of journalists one of the priorities of his work as head of the committee.
"According to the latest data, we have more than 25 of your colleagues in captivity. They are not combatants, they are journalists who were doing their job and, according to civilized rules of warfare, should not be held captive in principle, but the fact is the fact. We understand how uncivilized Russia is and how it has trampled all human rights," Yurchyshyn said.
He stressed the need to engage the international community to draw attention to the release of the journalists. In addition, the MP believes that it is important to prepare for the prosecution of those responsible for crimes against freedom of speech in the International Criminal Court. Yurchyshyn suggested that the latter may require clarification of a number of concepts in Ukrainian legislation.
- Last autumn, an exhibition was held in Kyiv to collect stories and photographs of journalists, cameramen, and photographers who were killed, injured, or taken prisoner since 24 February 2022. The exhibition covered both the stories of journalists who were injured while performing their professional duties and those who died as soldiers defending Ukraine in the Armed Forces.