Information hero

Oleksiy Matsuka

Oleksiy Matsuka’s car was torched outside his home in the eastern city of Donetsk on 12 April. Then his photo with the words “Attention, traitor!” was circulated amid mounting tension a few days later. This is not the first time the 31-year-old journalist has been threatened. The news site he has been running for the past 10 years, Novosti Donbasa, covers regional corruption, power struggles and abuse of authority. Since the summer of 2013, he has been using his Donetskaya Pravda project to go further, investigating local government spending, public bidding and conflicts of public and private interest. Shortly after the project was launched, he and his colleagues began being the targets of close surveillance, threats and strange warnings – incidents not unlike what he experienced him 2011, when his apartment was set on fire by someone who blocked his exit and left a wreath at the door. Fortunately, he was not at home .