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Bus carrying foreign journalists breaks down on the way from Kherson to Mykolaiv

15.11.2022, 12:16

On November 14, one of the buses used to take journalists to Kherson as part of the press tour broke down on its way back. The bus was carrying foreign journalists. This was reported by the IMI representative in Mykolaiv oblast.

As Mykolaiv journalists who had been traveling in the convoy's other buses told the IMI representative, all buses had to stop and wait for about 30 minutes due to the breakdown.

"Yes, had to wait, we were moving in a convoy. But then, when it became clear that this wouldn't be solved quickly, we left. Those who could, anyway. We took as many as we could fit in with us," said Andriy Prokopenko, the editor-in-chief of Mykolaiv publication "Svidok.Info".

In the end, some journalists hitchhiked to the city without waiting for the problem to be fixed, and the rest left in other buses.

We remind that another press tour to de-occupied Kherson is scheduled for November 16, the group will depart from Mykolaiv.

As IMI reported, several media representatives who had violated the rules of working in combat zones had their work permits revoked and their press cards invalidated by the Ministry of Defense. Namely, Hromadske journalists Anastasia Stanko and Mykola Pastyko, as well as some CNN and SkyNews journalists have been stripped of their accreditation. Suspilne and Hromadske's filming crews have also been working in Kherson after the liberation of the city. The Rada channel has also done a live stream from Kherson.

The General Staff noted that the order of the UAF Commander-in-Chief No. 73, dated 03.03.2022, is delivered to all media representatives as they are being given their press card.

On November 11, on the day Kherson was liberated, Operational Command "South" announced that mass media's access to settlements that were de-occupied in November 2022 would be temporarily restricted.

"Please note that work in the settlements located in the combat zone is regulated by the order of the UAF Commander-in-Chief No. 73, dated 03.03.2022; non-compliance with this order may become grounds for a journalist's accreditation being revoked. These settlements will be accessible no sooner than the defense forces complete stabilization efforts," the military stressed.

Journalists and media CSOs demand that the accreditation revoked for reporting from Kherson be restored.

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