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Kidnapped: Pro-Russian Gunmen Are Holding This U.S. Journalist Hostage
Heritage ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rob Bluey

Posted on 04/23/2014 11:00:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Edited on 04/23/2014 11:03:48 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

An American journalist for Vice News is being held captive by pro-Russian gunmen following his reporting on the turmoil in Ukraine.

Simon Ostrovsky had covered the conflict over Crimea for weeks and went missing Tuesday. His disappearance is the latest example of a crackdown on journalists by Russia and its supporters, prompting a warning from the U.S. State Department.

>>> Related: Russia Cracks Down on Media Freedom in Ukraine

“We call on Russia to use its influence with these groups to secure the immediate and safe release of all hostages in eastern Ukraine,” said spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who noted that such actions are in violation of a commitment by Russia and Ukraine made last week in Geneva.

A spokeswoman for the pro-Russian insurgents told the Associated Press that Ostrovsky was “suspected of bad activities.” She added, “He’s with us. He’s fine.”

Last month, a Bulgarian journalist and other reporters were held at gunpoint in Crimea. That followed the closure of Black Sea TV, Crimea’s only independent channel. Other journalists have been confronted by armed men, beaten and detained.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Russia
KEYWORDS: agitprop; crimea; putinsbuttboys; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 04/23/2014 11:00:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I was hoping it was Chris Matthews or someone equally appalling. Oh well...
2 posted on 04/23/2014 11:05:07 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Did Biden leave already? Oh well.


3 posted on 04/23/2014 11:05:07 AM PDT by allendale
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To: defconw

Matthews is worth more to the Russians where he is.


4 posted on 04/23/2014 11:05:50 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Berlin_Freeper

We have journalists! Who knew?


5 posted on 04/23/2014 11:06:06 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A member of the enemedia gets kidnapped, and we are supposed to be upset?


6 posted on 04/23/2014 11:06:21 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Good point.


7 posted on 04/23/2014 11:06:55 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
the pro-Russian insurgents told the Associated Press that Ostrovsky was “suspected of bad activities.”

Sounds like a spy.

8 posted on 04/23/2014 11:07:30 AM PDT by McGruff (You believe what your government tells you. Don't you?)
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To: McGruff

And a bad, bad man.


9 posted on 04/23/2014 11:09:34 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: McGruff
Sounds like a spy.

You sorta sound like a spy.
10 posted on 04/23/2014 11:09:52 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Vice News?

I guess I don’t watch enough TV.


11 posted on 04/23/2014 11:10:21 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: JimRed

“Vice” is part of the enemedia?


12 posted on 04/23/2014 11:10:47 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: AppyPappy

Vice News is a Soros/CIA front. Just ask the Russians.


13 posted on 04/23/2014 11:11:30 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Berlin_Freeper
How about a prisoner exchange?


14 posted on 04/23/2014 11:12:32 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: 1rudeboy

Simon Ostrovsky has done some excellent reporting but I guess it was only a matter of time before he would be taken by gunmen from one or the other side.


15 posted on 04/23/2014 11:16:29 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: skeeter

She is such a “skilled” journo-list—this picture is proof.


16 posted on 04/23/2014 11:17:48 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Barack Hussein Obama, I mean Bush for the lib trolls out there, has made the entire world such a wonderful place. We’re all friends now. How ‘bout that first American “black” president?! Isn’t “fundamental transformation” just grand?


17 posted on 04/23/2014 11:18:27 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

These russians are so behind in the times. that’s sooooooo 80’s mindset.


18 posted on 04/23/2014 11:20:42 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

There’s more where that came from!


19 posted on 04/23/2014 11:22:01 AM PDT by Obadiah (I like Krabby Patties.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Berlin_Freeper.

12 Ukrainians Kidnapped/Secretly Held by Russians as Pro-Kiev Councilman Found Floating in River
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3147734/posts


20 posted on 04/23/2014 11:33:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Wait. . .don't the kidnappers know journo's are protected by the first amendment and enjoy freedom of the press!!??

Do I have to. . . . . .

/sarc

21 posted on 04/23/2014 11:33:39 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Berlin_Freeper; All

VICE Media is an Uber-lib Internet media/news group targeted to the Hipster crowd, that used to be based in Montreal, and is now in Brooklyn.

They use wild stunts to gain attention, and will likely have an IPO soon. These are the people who PAID Dennis Rodman to go to North Korea last year.

Fox Media supposedly has a 5% Stake, and supposedly Omidyar is involved, too. They will likely have an IPO soon.


22 posted on 04/23/2014 11:36:11 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
At least they know who their enemies are!

With luck they will send him to Siberia in a skinny bathing suit!

23 posted on 04/23/2014 11:39:26 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

I certainly hope so. With “un”luck, he’ll end up face down in a ditch somewhere with a bullet in the back of his skull. But if that sort of thing appeals to you . . . .


24 posted on 04/23/2014 11:42:33 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Here he is asking a probing question.


25 posted on 04/23/2014 11:43:21 AM PDT by McGruff (You believe what your government tells you. Don't you?)
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To: FreedomPoster
“Vice” is part of the enemedia?

Never heard of "Vice". Have heard of "journalists", and darned few are on our side. Scratch that, darned few even exist! Most are just propagandists.

26 posted on 04/23/2014 11:47:59 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: tcrlaf; All
Mr. Ostrovsky, a former BBC and Al Jazeera correspondent who wrote for The Moscow Times a decade ago
27 posted on 04/23/2014 11:48:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: McGruff

Look at that—the aggressive stance, the belligerent attitude. That Russian militia member was only defending himself from further assault.


28 posted on 04/23/2014 11:50:12 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Mr. Ostrovsky was in custody, according to a report from the Russian news site Gazeta, translated by The Interpreter. The report also said that the separatist leader appeared to answer a call from Mr. Ostrovsky’s family in front of journalists.

The press conference was briefly interrupted when the journalists’ parents rang Ponomarev, the leader of the Slavyansk militia, who gave assurances that their son was doing well.

29 posted on 04/23/2014 11:52:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 1rudeboy
Vice News is a Soros/CIA front. Just ask the Russians.

Hey, the Russkies warned our government about the Tsarnaev brothers, and our government didn't listen. Maybe they're right!

30 posted on 04/23/2014 11:53:07 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: 1rudeboy; McGruff
Look at that—the aggressive stance, the belligerent attitude. That Russian militia member was only defending himself from further assault.
LoL!
31 posted on 04/23/2014 11:54:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: FreedomPoster

Brand new channel, launched only since the Maidan protests began. A Spin-off of Vice magazine, a hard-core leftist publication with punk inclinations, created by a Montreal Muslim, named Suroosh Alvi, with funding by the Canadian labor socialists.


32 posted on 04/23/2014 12:06:22 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Berlin_Freeper

His reports from Ukraine are absolutely amazing, he is always right in the middle of the maelstrom, brave journalist of the old variety.

It is kind of funny how more than a few posters here are basically traditional fascists who think that kidnapping journalists to censor news is a good tactic. I wish these people would get the hell out of the US and move to Russia where they will no longer be bothered by pesky freedom of the press.

Also hilarious to call a guy running around


33 posted on 04/23/2014 12:27:41 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak

Also hilarious to call a guy running around with a camera “a spy”, yeah a spy if you are hiding something.


34 posted on 04/23/2014 12:30:00 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: JimRed

Yep, any news channel that does not faithfully transcribe Kremlin press releases is run by Soros/CIA/Mossad. How dare this guy use a camera to show people what is going on? Thank God the brave but peaceful protesters arrested him for “bad activities”.


35 posted on 04/23/2014 12:32:38 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak

The little punk is lucky he didn’t have a rifle but remove his teeth after asking that cute little question.


36 posted on 04/23/2014 12:33:36 PM PDT by McGruff (Cinton had Kosovo, Obama has Ukraine.)
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To: BurningOak

wearing masks = hiding something


37 posted on 04/23/2014 12:35:35 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Here he is again with that mystery Stay Puff soldier that seems to be all over the place.

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Ostrovsky, a journalist for VICE News, has not been seen since early Tuesday.

Wonder if he's still smirking.

38 posted on 04/23/2014 12:42:25 PM PDT by McGruff (Cinton had Kosovo, Obama has Ukraine.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

We have more where that crawled out from!


39 posted on 04/23/2014 1:06:55 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: McGruff

I wonder if he’s still breathing.


40 posted on 04/23/2014 1:29:57 PM PDT by No One Special
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To: ScaniaBoy

Didn’t he and his cam man get roughed up by the Russkies recently for filming checkpoints?


41 posted on 04/23/2014 1:34:59 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: dangus

Perfect, thanks.

I don’t like people who emulate the Left and make accusations without a shred of backup. It would be one thing if it were CBS, who are well-known leftists to anyone with a brain. But there are plenty of new media outlets that are at least Libertarian leaning, and this could have been one of them. Hey, at least they had someone on the ground in a tough area reporting, which is more than you can say for the OMG (Obama Media Group, AKA the lamestream media).


42 posted on 04/23/2014 1:37:07 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I have no sympathy for anyone going to foreign nations. This nation was created for us. If you want our rules and law you stay here. If you want theirs, fine, but don’t complain when bad things happen.


43 posted on 04/23/2014 1:46:41 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This might be embarrassing to Obama!?!? These Journalist should dutifully bight the bullet (or the pillow) and say something less provacative like they are “reluctantly embedding” with pro-Russians.


44 posted on 04/23/2014 1:50:15 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: 1rudeboy
Vice News is a Soros/CIA front

So the CIA never uses journalists a spies or has fronts?

CIA: The agency confesses it has used journalism as a ruse. Real reporters will pay a real price in global distrust.

45 posted on 04/23/2014 3:23:58 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

All journalists are spies. My bad. /s


46 posted on 04/23/2014 3:25:48 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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