Website published personal data of 5,000 reporters, including BBC, CNN and Reuters
Ukrainian website Myrotvorets (Peacekeeper), known for publishing personal information of the Russian-backed separatists and their supporters, announced it would close.
The news arrived shortly after the website revealed personal data of Ukrainian and international journalists, who received accreditation from the so-called authorities of occupied Donbas. This controversial move caused massive criticism from the outraged correspondents.
"Considering the negative reaction the leak caused, we made a difficult decision to close the website", the administrators said.
The fact was also confirmed by Ukraine's MP Anton Herashchenko.
"The "Peacekeeper" will be closed. Thanks to all the patriots who assisted in creation of this project", Herashchenko posted on Facebook.
On May 10 the website published personal details of around 5,000 Ukrainian and international journalists, who received accreditation from the separatist leaders to work in occupied Donbas. The leak included names, phone contacts and email addresses of the correspondents. Among the reporters whose information was revealed were members of BBC, Reuters, CNN, Al-Jazeera and many other worldwide press.
After the leak, many journalists reported they received threats via phone calls and email letters. They demanded that the administrators must immediately remove the information. They also called on Ukrainian law enforcers to conduct a criminal investigation against all persons responsible for the incident.