Chernivtsi: journalists couldn't attend court hearing
February 13, 2017 in Pershotravnia court in Chernivtsy journalist and cameraman of TV channel TVA could not get to the first hearing in the case of resonant murder. According to Oleksandr Hubka TV journalist, at first they were told to wait outside the door, and then just did not let them inside. Hearing halls equipped with an electronic lock, so it is impossible to open door from the outside. We asked guards and court staff to let us inside, but it didn't help.
We were invited to the hearing by the affected party of the case (family of the killed - IMI) - the journalist Oleksandra Hubka told IMI correspondent in Chernivtsi region. - The operator and I were standing next to the scheduled room just in 15 minutes before the trial start. The Court Secretary said that we will be notified about time when we can enter the hall. We had waited for two hours at the door. We knocked, asked the guards, but we did not get inside.
Pervomaisk District Court told to IMI represengtative in Chernivtsi told about misunderstanding. They said that no one complained about the accident. Court proceedings are open, and when such situations occur, it is advised to contact the administration.
"According to the CCP, as it is a criminal case, you need court approval for filming - media lawyer Roman Holovenko says. - The problem is that our judges usually in time trouble, and in case journalist is not being involved in the process of judicial proceedings, it becomes really difficult to wedge in course, to declare the application for filming. Therefore, it is necessary to apply in advance, about the day before the session,"- summed up IMI lawyer.
Next hearing on this case will be held on February 20.