The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has expressed concern regarding the turmoil journalists face in the Ukraine.
On 21 November, Hulsum Khalilova, a journalist with ATR TV, was assaulted during clashes between Ukrainian security forces and the Civil Blockade of Crimea action in Chaplynka, close to the Ukraine-Crimea administrative border. She was hit in the stomach with a gun while reporting. According to one representative of ATR, the journalist was attacked by Ukrainian special forces. SEEMO has urged that this attack be swiftly investigated.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe. SEEMO’s press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.