Skip to comments.UKRAINE: Putinís Men in Ukraine Seize U.S. Journalist
Posted on 04/23/2014 6:11:34 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been DETAINED by a PRO-RUSSIAN FACTION as part of a campaign to intimidate journalists.
SLOVYANSK, UkraineRussian-backed insurgents in this eastern Ukraine town, a flashpoint in the tug of war between Moscow and Kiev, seized American journalist Simon Ostrovsky on Tuesday, claiming that under the laws of war they had the right.
He was not reporting in a correct way, said Stella Khoraeva, a former journalist and spokeswoman for the separatist leader Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the pro-Russian militant leader in Slovyansk, a rust belt industrial town on a tributary of the Donets River an hours drive from the Russian border.
The Vice News journalist was grabbed at a checkpoint in Slovyansk on Tuesday afternoon.
Initially Ponomaryov, a former Soviet soldier, DENIED that the Vice News journalist, who holds dual American and Israeli citizenship, had been KIDNAPPED, saying, Nobody is holding him hostage, hes with us now at the SBU [intelligence service building], preparing material and working.
But Khoraeva told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that Ostrovskys apprehension was PLANNED. We knew where he was going, and the men manning the checkpoint were told to look out for him, she said. She added that Ponomaryov himself was carefully examining the video footage Ostrovsky had with him.
She accused Ostrovsky of reporting in an incorrect way, but added he might be released shortly.
Later in the day, though, hopes of a quick release were dashed when Ponomaryov told an ABC News journalist that Ostrovskys reporting was one-sided and that he needed to be TAUGHT A LESSON. He accused Ostrovsky of being an informer for Ukrainian ultranationalists, heightening Western media anxiety about the plight of the reporter.
Ostrovsky is ONE OF SEVERAL reporters who have been GRABBED in recent days in Slovyansk. On Monday, masked gunmen detained Dmitriy Galko, a Belarusian journalist, and Italian and French reporters Paul Gogo and Kossimo Attanasio. The reporters were released shortly after being questioned and having their documents checked.
The seizing of an American reporter was only a matter of time, and the bespectacled and disheveled Ostrovsky was a prime target. He has specialized in provocative and gutsy video reporting the last few weeks in eastern Ukraine and Crimea of separatist militants as they capture government buildings and establish checkpoints. He was briefly held in Crimea.
An American reporter described Ostrovskys reporting style as poking the bear with a video camera and seeing what reaction he gets.
Tensions have mounted between primarily Western and Ukrainian reporters and the separatists since the weekend. In an hour-long press conference on Monday with Ponomaryov, Slovyansks self-declared mayor, reporters were harangued and threatened with retribution if they fail to report the truth as far as the militants see it.
We know who you are; we have taken your names so we can follow who reports the truth and who doesnt, announced town councilor Vera Kuprichenko, a stout, unsmiling middle-aged woman.
PONOMARYOV stressed, chillingly, that reporters coverage was being monitored along with their Twitter feeds and Facebook postings. As a media management approach, the threats and monitoring may be contrary to normal PR strategies, but they are having an unsettling effect, with some Western journalists deterred from entering Slovyansk.
While Western journalists are treated at best with a cold shoulder and denied entry into government buildings controlled by pro-Russian militants, reporters from Russian outlets such as Russia Today and Life News are greeted with open arms. And relations between Russian and Western journalists are anything but cordial, with the Russians upbraiding Americans and Europeans about their coverage.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has called for the immediate release of Simon Ostrovsky.
I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing negative pattern in relation to journalists safety in Ukraine, said Dunja Mijatović, OSCE representative on freedom of the media. I call on all those responsible to stop harassing and attacking journalists, and let them do their job. Simon Ostrovsky should be released immediately.
A Vice News spokesman said via the media outlets Twitter feed that it is working to secure Ostrovskys safety: VICE is aware of the situation and is in contact with the U.S. State Department and other appropriate government authorities to secure the safety and security of our friend and colleague, Simon Ostrovsky.
It’s ok, I was told that he’s a lib and probably a Nazi. /s
Joke’s on them. We have TONS more American hating liberal journalists where this guy comes from. :)
(Seriously though, I hope he comes out okay.)
Is there anyway we can overnight them the entire staffs at Politico, Time, the wash Compost , Ny Slimes, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR , CNN, LA Slimes, St Pete Slimes, MSDNC, the list is endless .
Who sez it is “Putin’s man??
Lying dog media.
Maybe it’s “Obama’s man?
I have a really good idea for Americans in Ukraine. GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE and go to the Arizona border with mexico and do some good.
Putin = Obama
Maybe if we told the MSM that it was an Occupy Camp they’d all go out to it....
Trying to get on our good side?
Can we send following People there
Diane Sawyer Matt Laurer Brian William Scott Peley to Ukraine
Maybe Netanyahu can affect this Israeli citizen’s release. Let’s hope so.
How many times are you going to post this same story?
Do you think we can drive back the Russians if we threaten to Fed Express them Rachel Maddcow, Opray, Andrea Mitchell , Chris Mathews, and
David Gregory ?
Although he doesn’t deserve to be called a “ journalist”, maybe we can get them to grab chrissy mattews and a few others.
That would be an act of war.
Love that idea ROFL