The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, says that the media freedom situation in Ukraine has reached a very dangerous stage.She has alerted OSCE participating States that unless this trend is reversed it could contribute to the deterioration of the security situation.
The International Press Institute in Vienna also says the media situation in Ukraine is very concerning with restrictions of signals being broadcast between Russia and Ukraine and the number of journalists being attacked and detained. According to reports, on the 22nd of April, Vice news journalist Simon Ostrovsky was captured by unidentified people in uniform in Sloviansk. Since the demonstrations began in Ukraine last November it is believed that several journalists have been killed and almost 200 others have been attacked. Media in history has always been a target for attacks during times of crisis and in conflict areas. In the last ten years we have seen the number of journalists deaths go up each year and unfortunately those deaths and attacks on journalists are met with impunity.