A group of journalists has published an open letter in the newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda calling for Ukrainian police to investigate how the website Mirotvorets (“Peacemaker”) was able to leak the personal information of several thousand journalists who have been accredited by the separatist governments in the Donbas.
On May 10, Mirotvorets published an extensive list of reporters from new agencies throughout the world who have been accredited in Donetsk and Luhansk. In some cases, the website even leaked journalists' personal emails and mobile phone numbers. The are more than 4,500 entries on the list.
Mirotvorets accuses the journalists on the list of cooperating with terrorists.
The open letter by journalists defends their actions, arguing that the people on the website's list risked their lives to report objectively about the conflict in Ukraine's east. Some journalists on Mirotvorets' list say they've started receiving threatening phone calls, and a few Ukrainian politicians have even advocated revoking their accreditation in Ukraine and declaring these reporters “enemies” of the nation.
Journalists say Mirotvorets has violated their constitutional rights, their right to privacy, and the European Convention of Human Rights.
Twenty-eight Ukrainian and foreign journalists have signed the open letter, demanding that Mirotvorets unpublish its list immediately.