Ukraine – Death threats against website journalist echo Georgiy Gongadze murder

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) – Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the scarcely veiled death threats against independent journalist Serhiy Lechenko that were expressed by Vyacheslav Pikhovshek, a PR consultant who supports President Viktor Yanukovych, in an opinion piece published in the pro-government newspaper Izvestiya v Ukrayine . Lechenko is an influential journalist who often writes about corruption for Ukrayinska Pravda , a news website founded by Georgiy Gongadze , an outspoken reporter who was murdered in September 2000 . In his article, published on 26 January, Pikhovshek claimed to be “concerned” about Lechenko’s fate, likening his position to Gongadze’s in 2000 and suggesting that he was best-placed to be the next journalist murdered in Ukraine.

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Death threats against website journalist echo Georgiy Gongadze murder

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