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    Int'l Federation of Journalists Slams Kiev for Persecution of Strana.ua Editor

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    International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Secretary General Anthony Bellanger criticized on Monday the Ukrainian authorities for persecution of Editor-in-Chief of the Ukrainian online media outlet Strana.ua Igor Guzhva.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — In June, Guzhva was arrested over allegations of blackmailing Dmitry Linko, a member of the country’s Radical Party, for not disclosing materials that would compromise the party. Earlier in July, a Ukrainian court ruled to keep Guzhva in custody for 60 days and on bail of 544,000 Ukrainian hryvnias ($20,874). Guzhva denied the charges and was later released after the bail was paid.

    "A police raid without the court’s search warrant, threats to the outlet, detention of Igor Guzhva as well as ongoing intimidation and opening of criminal cases in order to silence independent media pose a serious threat to freedom of speech," Belanger was quoted as saying by Strana.ua.

    Journalism, which uncovers corruption should be welcomed, IFJ head noted. "The authorities' response is not only a threat for Strana.ua but for all media in exercising their right to investigation," Belanger concluded.

    On July 3, the journalists of Strana.ua called on the G7 states' ambassadors and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine to help protect the persecuted website from country's authorities.

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