Ukrainian Journalist In Hospital After Violent Street Attack

KIEV, Ukraine -- A newspaper editor has been severely beaten in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in what police said was either an act of hooliganism or an attack motivated by his professional activity as a journalist.

Vladimir Katsman

Two young men beat Volodymyr Katsman of the Stolichniye Novosti (Capital News) newspaper with wooden sticks in his apartment building as he returned home late Saturday, the TV5 channel said.

Katsman was hospitalized suffering from severe injuries to his head and arms, but his condition is stable. Police have launched a criminal inquiry.

Attacks on journalists have become fairly rare in Ukraine since Western-leaning President Viktor Yushchenko, who came to power in 2005 after the Orange Revolution street protests, declared freedom of speech as one of his priorities, the Associated Press points out.

Source: Mos News