Journalists purposefully attacked by police
As during previous clashes on Independence Square, on 30 November, 2013, and on 1 December, 2013, near the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, numerous violations of rights of third parties and journalists, were recorded during the events on Hrushevskoho Street which began on 19 January, 2014 and lasted several days. Many media workers became victims of violence also in the regions of Ukraine, most of which saw a wave of anti-government protests. Starting from 19 January, 2014, in Ukraine, at least 70 journalists involved in reporting on the protests were injured. Since the beginning of mass anti-government protests, at least 136 media workers have sustained injuries.
Mainly journalists, just like protesters, suffered as a result the use of tear gas and blasts of stun grenades. It should also be noted that in many cases, reporters were not coincidental victims - the force used against them was applied deliberately, law enforcement officers fired on journalists, as evidenced by multiple items of video and photo evidence. In regions of the country, journalists often became victims not only of police officers, but also unknown assailants, whose actions were not in any way prevented by police.
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