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Journalists Receive Instructions Before Interviewing Liberated Captives

January 5 According to Ukrinform, the Office of the Commissioner for Rehabilitation of ATO (anti-terrorist operation) participants offered media representatives instructions on how to communicate with and interview people who have just returned from captivity in the non-government controlled areas in the east of Ukraine.

This concerns those 73 Ukrainians who were released from captivity on December 27 in exchange for 233 people who were kept by Ukrainian law enforcement bodies. 

Natalia Zaretska, moderator of the rehabilitation program, called on journalists to temporarily stop interviewing people who were released from captivity because some of them have already refused medical treatment due to media attention related to their cases. According to Zaretska, people released from captivity need about a month to adjust themselves to new circumstances and information in their environments. “There must be an understanding of responsibility and delicacy. You must remember it is very difficult to recognize during interviews with those people when the talk becomes traumatic and when it does not,” Zaretska said.

As reported by Detector Media, Ukrainian blogger Eduard Nedelyayev, who disappeared on November 21, 2016, in Luhansk, was among the first 16 Ukrainian hostages caught by Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) militants. Later, it was discovered he was detained by militants of the so-called Ministry of State Security of LNR. Nedelyayev blogged about life in Luhansk and information technologies (IT).

Also, among those liberated were Ihor Kozlovskiy, a famous religious scholar, and Volodymyr Fomichev, an employee of  Kyiv’s Center UA.

More on Detector Media in Ukrainian.

Photo: TSN (1+1 TV)