A CNN freelance journalist has been detained in eastern Ukraine since Tuesday after he was abducted by pro-Russian separatists, the network reported Thursday.
Anton Skiba was taken from outside his hotel in Donetsk after a day of covering the MH17 crash site for the network. CNN said Thursday that it chose not to report the incident when it first occurred due to safety measures. The network said it has made several attempts to bring Skiba to freedom.
A CNN freelancer, Anton Skiba, has been abducted "by pro-Russian separatists" in eastern Ukraine. CNN/U.S. covering this live now.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 24, 2014
CNN's Lawrence Crook shared a picture of Skiba, below:
— Lawrence Crook (@LawrenceCNN) July 24, 2014
Several press freedom groups and organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have called for Skiba's immediate release, CNN reported.
The network said that Skiba was accused of "terrorism" and "of posting cash rewards for the killing of separatist fighters on his Facebook page." On Wednesday, the journalist was able to make a phone call to CNN, during which he said he was still being questioned at Donetsk security service headquarters. The call was then cut off.