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Ukrainian journalist killed in Kiev

Journalist Oles Buzyna looks on at the office of Sevodnya daily newspaper in Kiev in this October 12, 2012 file photo
Journalist Oles Buzyna looks on at the office of Sevodnya daily newspaper in Kiev in this October 12, 2012 file photo

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Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzyna was shot dead on Thursday 16 April 2015 in Kiev. He was the former editor-in-chief of Segodnya newspaper and was known for being pro-Russian and a critic of President Petro Poroshenko's government. According to reports, he left the paper in March because he felt he was not able to express criticism of the Ukrainian government. A day before Buzyna's death, former MP Oleg Kalashnikov was also killed in Kiev. Both men were allies of the former Ukraine president Victor Yanukovych, causing some to draw ties between the two killings.

In the days following Buzyna's murder IFEX members have reacted, many of them calling for a prompt and impartial investigation into the attack.

CANADIAN JOURNALISTS FOR FREE EXPRESSION

CJFE urges the Ukrainian government to demonstrate its commitment to ending impunity and guaranteeing the right to free expression by seeking swift justice in this case.

FREEDOM HOUSE

"The increasing toll on journalists and media by violence in Ukraine should alarm both the government and every citizen. We urge the government to recognize journalists' safety as an essential part of free speech and a free press," said Freedom House.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

"The murder of a fiercely outspoken journalist in broad daylight is an appalling crime that needs to be fully investigated," said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Buzyna is well-known in Ukraine for his controversial views, and the investigators should give proper consideration to the possibility that his murder was connected to his views and his journalism."

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS

"We are shocked by the killing of Oles Buzyna. Our thoughts are with his family and friends," said the IFJ President Jim Boumelha. "Controversial figure or not, journalists must never be targeted for their reporting or their views. The IFJ urges a swift and independent investigation to bring the perpetrators of this shocking murder to justice."

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS

"The investigators must consider all possible scenarios and follow up all leads without their work being affected by any politicization of the case. It is now or never if the police and judicial authorities want to demonstrate that they have ended the culture of impunity," said RSF.

INSTITUTE OF MASS INFORMATION

In Kyiv, in Shevchenkivskyi rayon, journalist Oles Buzyna was murdered. He was shot from a car near the entrance to his apartment building.

INTERNATIONAL PRESS INSTITUTE

"International humanitarian law stresses the importance of ensuring respect for fundamental human rights, such as the right to free expression, in times of armed conflict," IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said. "It further clearly highlights states' responsibility in this area. Bringing the perpetrators of such violations to justice is therefore a necessary step to show that attacks on journalists because of their opinions will not be tolerated."

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