October 10, 2023

10.10.2023 – Award Winning Ukrainian Journalist Viktoriya Roshchyna Missing Since August 2023

Viktoriya Roshchyna (Вікторія Рощина), 26-year-old, an Ukrainian freelance journalist working for Ukrainska Pravda and former contributor to Hromadske and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), has disappeared during a reporting assignment to Russian-occupied areas in Ukraine. This alarming situation has raised grave concerns among her family, friends, and the journalistic community.

Roshchyna, the recipient of the 2022 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) (https://www.iwmf.org/) is missing since 3 August 2023.

In March last year Russian soldiers fired in the direction of her car and some days after this incident she was captured by Russian forces in the east Ukraine for several days.

.This time she was travelling on 27 July from Ukraine over Poland and Russia to occupied territories in Ukraine. Her family heard last time from hear on 3 August. She did not disclose in the last talk her exact location:

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns this alarming incident, calling for swift action to locate and ensure the safety of Viktoriya Roshchyna. Journalists must be able to fulfill their vital roles without the threat of abduction or harm.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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