Vienna, 8 March 2018 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court in Ukraine, which decided to review the case of journalist Igor Efimov.
Efimov, who is a reporter for the newspaper Vechirni Cherkasy, was allegedly attacked by police members while reporting in Cherkasy in central Ukraine, despite having clearly and repeatedly identified himself as a journalist. He obtained serious injuries, including a brain concussion and shoulder dislocation. In February of this year, the Supreme Court noted that the previous decision to release a police officer suspected in the attack on Efimov was not legitimate nor justifiable, and the case must be reviewed by the appellate court again.
SEEMO supports this court decision.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe.