: Poroshenko condemns disclosure of journalists' personal info

10:49 Jun. 4, 2016

Poroshenko condemns disclosure of journalists' personal info

Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, speaks during his live press conference in Kyiv, June 3, 2016. (UNIAN Photo)

Myrotvorets website published data on 4,000 journalists accredited in Donbas

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has condemned the publishing of information concerning 4,000 journalists who have been accredited to the criminal group 'Donetsk People's Republic'. He claimed the Myrotvorets website "had made a mistake" by disclosing the data and urged for an investigation.

The President also recognised the need for a legal arrangement to enable journalists to visit the militant-occupied territories in eastern Ukraine.

The publication of the information has been condemned by the G7 Ambassadors to Ukraine. They also called to remove the data from the website.

On May 10 the website published personal details of several thousands of 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 media outlets.

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.

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