VIENNA, 29 August 2016 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was saddened and shocked by the death of Russian journalist Alexander Shchetinin, who was found in his apartment in the Podol district of Kiev.
Shchtetin was found with a bullet wound to the head during the night between 27 and 28 August. The victim, a long-time journalist, editor and founder of Noviy Region news agency, was often criticized by some of the highest political figures in both Russia and Ukraine. Authorities have launched an investigation into his murder.
SEEMO members were deeply disturbed by the news of this brutal murder, and call on authorities in Ukraine to conduct a transparent and swift investigation, and bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice as soon as possible.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its 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.