Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Unconfirmed: Yuliy Mazur
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2001|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Unconfirmed: Yuliy Mazur, January 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64955b25.html [accessed 28 January 2015]|
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November 30, 2000, in Odessa, Ukraine
Mazur, the 63-year-old editor of the independent Russian-Ukrainian daily Yug, was found late at night near his house in Odessa. He died before an ambulance could take him to the hospital. Forensic experts attributed the death to "ethyl alcohol intoxication," Mazur's colleagues told the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.
However, Mazur's colleagues suspected their editor had been poisoned. They said he was a teetotaler who had recently received telephone death threats, which they believed were provoked by Yug articles about corruption in local law-enforcement agencies. On December 3, however, the local police chief told journalists that he could see "nothing criminal in Yuliy Mazur's death."