Jornalista Ucraniano Vasil Muravitsky manifesta gratidão ao Eurodeputado Marinho e Pinto

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Eurodeputados da maioria dos grupos parlamentares do Parlamento Europeu, desde o ECR (conservadores) até ao GUE (esquerda), incluindo o Eurodeputado António Marinho e Pinto protestaram veemente repúdio perante o Presidente da República da Ucrânia, Petro Poroshenko, pela condenação dos jornalistas Dmitry Vasilets, Vasily Muravitsky e Evgeny Timonin a nove anos de prisão, pelo crime de traição à pátria e suspeita  de cumplicidade em atos de terrorismo.

 

Estes jornalistas realizaram algumas reportagens na região de Donetsk e apoiaram jornalistas locais a criar um canal no Youtube, designado “Novorossia TV”.

A Ucrânia tem mostrado interesse em apresentar candidatura para adesão à União Europeia e a Carta dos Direitos Fundamentais da UE constitui a base essencial de respeito pelos direitos fundamentais básicos e do Estado de Direito, para todos os Estados Membros. Existem casos documentados de violação de liberdade de associação, de liberdade de expressão e de consciência, de atos de tortura e perseguição, regulares e continuados, por parte das autoridades.

Várias organizações não governamentais, têm relatado a pressão administrativa e judicial sobre meios de comunicação, designadamente sobre jornalistas que documentem ou emitam qualquer artigo contrário às autoridades .

 

Em Dezembro de 2017, Muravitsky foi reconhecido como “prisioneiro de consciência” pela Amnistia Internacional. Nesse momento, Tatjana Zdanoka, deputada ao Parlamento Europeu, juntamente com as colegas Jiri Mastalka, Eleonora Forenza, Kostadinka Kuneva e Javier Couso Permuy, recolheram várias assinaturas de apoio, incluindo a de António Marinho e Pinto, para libertação dos três jornalistas ucranianos: D. Vasilts, E. Timonin and V. Muravitsky. Esse apelo, subscrito em cópias reconhecidas notarialmente, deu entrada nos tribunais e foi anexado aos processos dos referidos jornalistas.

  1. Vasilets e E. Timonin foram libertados em Fevereiro. Vasil Muravitsky, saiu da prisão em Zhytomyr na passada quarta feira, tendo sido aplicada prisão domiciliária.

 

Junta da família, já em casa, enviou um correio eletrónico aos Eurodeputados signatários desse protesto e referiu “Obrigado Deputado, estou livre”.

 

Leia abaixo, o e-mail de agradecimento ao Eurodeputado.

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

We have wonderful news!!! Last Wednesday Ukrainian journalist Vasil Muravitsky was released from pre-trial prison in Zhytomyr (Ukraine).  In the near future he will be under home detention. His release from prison is nevertheless a big step forward because Muravitsky will be able to be together with his family for the first time since August last year.

 

We would like to express gratitude on behalf of Vasil Muravitsky, his family and defenders to all MEPs who co-signed the letter of support, which according to the statement made by the judge had been taken into account while taking the decision in favour of changing the conditions of his detention.

 

 

Vasil was arrested on 1st of August, 2017 by the Security Service of Ukraine under charges of “state treason, infringement of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, incitement of hatred and support for terrorist organizations”, as announced by the general prosecutor`s press secretary through his Facebook account.

 

Before his arrest, Vasil Muravitsky was working on exposing the corruption of high-level regional officials, in particular on contraband of amber in the Zhytomyr area linked to a member of the Ukrainian parliament from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc “Solidarity” Boryslav Rozenblat (this person is now under investigation by National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine). But this probable reason of his arrest is not mentioned in any court documents. The official accusations against Vasil are based on the fact that he had published severalarticles in international news agencies that are relevant to Russia.

 

Amnesty International in December, 2017 recognized Muravitsky as a “prisoner of conscience”. Denis Krivosheev, deputy director of Amnesty International for Europe and Central Asia, made a statement: “Behind the staunch patriotic rhetoric lies a shameful truth: in today’s Ukraine, a journalist who dares to criticize the government is tried for treason. Vasyl Muravytsky is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully expressing his opinion, and his case serves as a warning to anyone who speaks out against government policy in eastern Ukraine”.

 

In November-December 2017, Tatjana Zdanoka, that time a member of the European Parliament, together with her colleagues Jiri Mastalka, Eleonora Forenza, Kostadinka Kuneva and Javier Couso Permuy, initiated the collection of signatures in support for three Ukrainian journalists: D. Vasilts, E. Timonin and V. Muravitsky. Notarized copies of this appeal were submitted to the courts and were attached to the cases of the above mentioned journalists. D. Vasilets and E. Timonin were released in February this year. V. Muravitsky as it was said before was finally released last week.