City Mayor in Odesa oblast refused to receive citizens in the presence of Bessarabia-TV journalists
On November 4, the mayor of Bilgorod-Dnistrovsky (Odeska oblast) Igor Nanovsky refused to receive citizens in the presence of the filming crew of the Bessarabia-TV TV Channel. According to him, this TV channel has been biased in covering the activities of the local authorities. This was reported by Odesa.Komentari with reference to the Vyborchkom media outlet.
Every Monday in the morning, the mayor would receive citizens. This time, the dwellers of Dekabrystiv Street came in together with the filming crew. The mayor left the room and refused to see citizens with the filming crew there. When the crew left, he continued receiving citizens. As he explained he would not mind having press attending but their presence is usually agreed upon beforehand. Another concern of his was that people would come to him with personal issues and he did not want them to unwillingly become the fodder for press as this TV channel has been biased and subjective.
On their part, the editor-in-chief of the Bessarabia-TV TV Channel Olena Romanova claims that their journalists accompany citizens on their visits to officials regularly and that they never enter offices with them unless invited by citizens themselves.