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U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine: G7 Ambassadors are deeply concerned by the recent massive disclosures of journalists’ personal data on the Myrotvorets website
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This contravenes the spirit and the letter of Ukrainian law, which states clearly that personal data can only be publicly released with the individual’s consent.

It also contravenes Ukraine’s international commitments. We acknowledge the investigations launched by the Government of Ukraine on this matter and hope the results will be shared with the public.

U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine shared on Facebook:

Statement of G7 Ambassadors regarding journalists’ personal data on the Myrotvorets website.

'The characterisation of all listed journalists as 'collaborators with terrorists' endangers the personal security of those affected and Ukraine’s hard-won media freedom. Journalists should be able to carry out their work free from threats, harassment and intimidation. It is vital, and in Ukraine’s interests, that journalists are able to report on events in the Donbass and elsewhere.

We call on those responsible for Myrotvorets to remove personal data from the website and desist from inflammatory language. We are particularly concerned that threats are being made against individuals as a result of the information published by Myrotvorets. The Minister of Interior has said that he will take action where threats are made. We welcome this and call on Ukraine’s authorities to ensure that the freedom of the media in Ukraine is upheld.'

Mirotvorets, or Myrotvorets is a Ukrainian Kiev-based website that purports to reveal personal information of people who are considered 'enemies of Ukraine.'

In April 2015 the website published the home addresses of Ukrainian writer Oles Buzina and former Verkhovna Rada parliamentarian Oleg Kalashnikov just days before they were assassinated.

In 7 May 2016 the website published the personal data of 4,508 journalists and other media staff from all over the world who had worked (or had received accreditation to work) on the uncontrolled by Ukrainian Government territory of Donbass, and therefore were 'terrorist collaborators.'

There were phone numbers, email addresses, and partly countries and cities of residence of Ukrainian and foreign journalists. In response, the Security Service of Ukraine issued a statement that it finds no violations of the law of Ukraine by 'Myrotvorets.'

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