Dnipropetrovsk city council implements restricted access mode for journalists
Dnipropetrovsk city council implements restricted access mode for journalists: access to a session of city council on February 29 will require passes and accreditation. The city council’s press service informed about this, Radio Liberty reports.
In particular, the city council requests data about journalists, cameramen, and photojournalists, and also information about the equipment they intend to use during the session.
The Institute of Mass Information reminds the journalists, who asked for comments, that local authorities do not have a right to restrict access for journalists, and accreditation should have a simplified access procedure, not access restriction; also, absence of accreditation cannot be a reason to refuse access to mass media representatives.
“The newly formed city councils all around Ukraine started mass access restriction to journalists in visiting their sessions. In particular, such cases became known in December of 2015 in Mariupol, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhya, and Lutsk”, IMI added.