PPF condemns brutal attack on Ukrainian investigative journalist

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine has expressed concern over the physical assault on investigative journalist and video blogger, Vadym Komarov.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter has condemned this brutal attack on Komarov and urged the Ukrainian authorities to immediately investigate the matter and hold the perpetrators responsible behind the attack on journalist.

According to Institute of Mass Information (IMI), Komarov was found lying unconscious in the street of Cherkassy city on May 4.

The journalist was taken to the hospital where he had to undergo emergency surgery for severe head and brain injuries. According to the doctors Komarov was attacked with a hammer and is said to be in a critical condition.

Komarov had frequently worked on the stories about corruption cases, embezzlement of budget funds and illegal construction.

This is not the first incident of attack on Komarov. He was also attacked in 2016, when unidentified individual opened fire at the journalist. Another incident in 2017, Komarov was beaten up by an employee of a construction company that he was investigating.