PPF denounces assault on NewsOne channel correspondent in Ukraine

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine has expressed concern over the assault on a female journalist, Daryna Bilera, correspondent of NewsOne TV channel.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has, in his letter, urged the government of Ukraine to take immediate action against those responsible for assaulting and offending a female journalist who was doing her duty.

According to the Institute of Mass Information, Daryna was covering clashes between members of nationalist movements and the police near the General Prosecutor’s Office in Kyiv, Ukraine on September 17.

While the journalist was covering the event, a man, later identified to be associated with World Brovary Television, approached her and appeared to harass her and also threw something at her.

Daryna continued to do her work and then a woman approached her and tried to take her microphone, while yet another woman tried to punch her. This is when the journalist was forced to stop her coverage and she later disclosed that the man had thrown eggs and rice at her.

Daryna also filed a complaint about the attack with the local police.

A large number of protestors had gathered near the General Prosecutor’s Office on September 17, protesting the deportation of ethnic Ingush, Timur Tumgoev, a Russian citizen to Russia. Tumgoev had fought for Ukraine in Donbas.

The protestors were demanding the resignation of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine for this deportation. Members of Ukrainian nationalist organizations Svoboda, Natoinal Corps, С14, and Right Sector attended the protest.