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Sheremet, 44, died almost instantly, and the Ukraine Prosecutor's Office quickly confirmed that a bomb had caused the explosion.Had this been a random car bombing, my organization, the Committee to Project Journalists, would not have spent the last year investigating it or pushing the Ukrainian government for a full inquiry. As CPJ found during a recent weeklong advocacy mission to Kiev, the lingering impunity has hurt the media's ability to cover sensitive issues, including corruption, abuse of power and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.Indeed, press freedom in Ukraine has come under increasing attack in the year Sheremet was murdered. Investigative journalism is branded unpatriotic, and reporters who challenge official policies, as Sheremet did every day, are threatened, harassed or placed under surveillance.Ukrainian officials insist they are still working Sheremet's case. Factually incorrect statements from top officials, including Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov have undermined the credibility of the investigation. Ukrainian officials must establish a clear hierarchy and assign someone to be responsible for resolving the case.The EU, in declaring Ukraine a priority partner for deeper political and economic ties, has the leverage to hold the Ukrainian government to account.Five years ago, Sheremet moved to Ukraine because he thought he would find a freer, safer environment in which to work.
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