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At least 35 reporters wounded in Ukraine, beatings alleged

Published on Jan 21, 2014 10:42 PM
 
At least 35 reporters have been wounded in the clashes between security forces and protesters in Kiev over the last days, a Ukrainian media rights group said Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014, with two journalists who were detained saying they were beaten by police. Protesters reinforce their barricade in Kiev on Tuesday during clashing break of the opposition and the police. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - At least 35 reporters have been wounded in the clashes between security forces and protesters in Kiev over the last days, a Ukrainian media rights group said Tuesday, with two journalists who were detained saying they were beaten by police.

Ukrainian press freedom group the Institute of Mass Information listed the names of 35 reporters hurt since the clashes broke out on Sunday.

Those injured are mainly Ukrainian journalists although the group said a correspondent for Russian TV channel REN TV was hurt by a stun grenade and is in hospital with a suspected broken leg.

A particular fear for the journalists covering the events have been rubber bullets fired by the police during the worst phases of the clashes, which have caused several cases of eye injuries.

 
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