Skip to comments.Kidnapped: Pro-Russian Gunmen Are Holding This U.S. Journalist Hostage
Posted on 04/23/2014 11:00:53 AM PDT by Berlin_FreeperEdited 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.
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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, Hes with us. Hes fine.
Last month, a Bulgarian journalist and other reporters were held at gunpoint in Crimea. That followed the closure of Black Sea TV, Crimeas only independent channel. Other journalists have been confronted by armed men, beaten and detained.
Did Biden leave already? Oh well.
Matthews is worth more to the Russians where he is.
We have journalists! Who knew?
A member of the enemedia gets kidnapped, and we are supposed to be upset?
Sounds like a spy.
And a bad, bad man.
I guess I don’t watch enough TV.
“Vice” is part of the enemedia?
Vice News is a Soros/CIA front. Just ask the Russians.
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.
She is such a “skilled” journo-list—this picture is proof.
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?
These russians are so behind in the times. that’s sooooooo 80’s mindset.
There’s more where that came from!
12 Ukrainians Kidnapped/Secretly Held by Russians as Pro-Kiev Councilman Found Floating in River
Do I have to. . . . . .
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.
With luck they will send him to Siberia in a skinny bathing suit!
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 . . . .
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.
Look at that—the aggressive stance, the belligerent attitude. That Russian militia member was only defending himself from further assault.
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.
Hey, the Russkies warned our government about the Tsarnaev brothers, and our government didn't listen. Maybe they're right!
Look at thatthe aggressive stance, the belligerent attitude. That Russian militia member was only defending himself from further assault.LoL!
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.
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
Also hilarious to call a guy running around with a camera “a spy”, yeah a spy if you are hiding something.
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”.
The little punk is lucky he didn’t have a rifle but remove his teeth after asking that cute little question.
wearing masks = hiding something
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.
We have more where that crawled out from!
I wonder if he’s still breathing.
Didn’t he and his cam man get roughed up by the Russkies recently for filming checkpoints?
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).
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.
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.
So the CIA never uses journalists a spies or has fronts?
All journalists are spies. My bad. /s