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CPJ honoree Pavel Sheremet killed

Award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet is killed in a car bombing in Kiev, Ukraine, while driving to Radio Vesti, where he hosted a show. Despite repeated threats and harassment, Sheremet, pictured, continued to report critically for outlets including Ukrainska Pravda. In 1998, CPJ's International Press Freedom Award was given to Sheremet in recognition of his courage and integrity. Sheremet "inspired a generation of journalists in Ukraine," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon says in statement after his death.

Sheremet's 1998 acceptance statement
Video: Remembering Pavel Sheremet
Blog: Remembering Pavel Sheremet
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Crimean journalist faces trial on separatism charges

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), head of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov (left), and then-Sevastopol Acting Governor Dmitry Ovsyannikov, take part in a video conference in Moscow, December 27, 2016. (Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters)

New York, February 16, 2017--Authorities in Crimea should immediately drop all charges against Mykola (Nikolai) Semena and allow the journalist to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A preliminary hearing in Semena's trial on charges of separatism is scheduled for tomorrow, according to his employer.

February 16, 2017 4:09 PM ET

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Ukraine police see journalism as motive in Pavel Sheremet's murder

Flowers and a portrait of Pavel Sheremet mark the site of the journalist's murder in Kiev, July 20, 2016. (Sergei Chusavkov/AP)

New York, February 8, 2017--Ukrainian investigators' announcement today that they consider Pavel Sheremet's journalism as the most likely motive in his July 2016 murder is a welcome step toward bringing his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told journalists in Kiev that police believe Sheremet, who wrote for the independent news website Ukrayinska Pravda, was killed in retaliation for his work.

February 8, 2017 12:48 PM ET

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British photographer wounded in eastern Ukraine

New York, February 3, 2017--British freelance photographer Christopher Nunn was injured last night while covering shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdiivka, according to press reports. "I am alive," the photographer wrote on Twitter after the incident. His translator Vladimir Subotovsky told CPJ today that Nunn was in stable condition after undergoing eye surgery.

February 3, 2017 3:50 PM ET

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Case   |   Ukraine

Journalist injured in renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine

A woman stands in the rubble of her apartment, which was damaged by shelling, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, February 1, 2017. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

At least one journalist was injured in renewed fighting in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on January 31, according to his employer.

February 1, 2017 10:16 AM ET

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Ukraine bans Russia's independent Dozhd TV station

CPJ honored Mikhail Zygar, then editor-in-chief of the independent Russian TV station Dozhd, with its 2014 International Press Freedom Award. Here he speaks with The Associated Press in Moscow, January 30, 2014. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

New York, January 13, 2017--Ukrainian authorities should immediately reverse an order banning broadcasts of the independent Russian television channel Dozhd (Rain) in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 13, 2017 2:40 PM ET

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Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel

Osama Jumaa, a photographer and video journalist, was killed while covering the aftermath of a bombardment in Syria. (Images Live)

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Ukrainian journalist detained in Russia on suspicion of espionage

New York, October 4, 2016 - Russian authorities should immediately release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sushchenko, a Paris-based correspondent for Ukraine's state news agency, Ukrinform, is being held on accusations of espionage.

October 4, 2016 5:44 PM ET

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Blog   |   Belarus, Ukraine

Remembering Pavel Sheremet, IPFA honoree, friend to CPJ, and hard-nosed journalist

Pavel Sheremet, who died yesterday when a bomb blew up the car he was driving in Kiev, was a CPJ International Press Freedom awardee in 1998. At the awards ceremony in the glittery Waldorf-Astoria Hotel that November, Sheremet was a no show.

July 21, 2016 3:55 PM ET

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Journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in Ukraine car bombing

Flowers and a portrait of Pavel Sheremet mark the site of the journalist's murder in Kiev, July 20, 2016. (Sergei Chusavkov/AP)

New York, July 20, 2016 -- Ukrainian authorities must credibly investigate the murder of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet and ensure all those responsible are swiftly brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sherement, 44, was killed in Kiev today after an explosive device detonated under the car he was driving.

July 20, 2016 11:56 AM ET

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Ukraine bars 17 Russian journalists from entering country

New York, June 2, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Ukraine's decision to bar 17 Russian journalists from entering the country until December 31, 2017.

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