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EU Delegation considers giving access to documents of Novoe Vremya as violation of press freedom

28.02.2019, 15:38
The European Union Delegation to Ukraine has condemned the situation around the access to the internal documents of the Novoe Vremya newspaper and the correspondence of its journalist Ivan Verstyuk that the court provided to the General Prosecutor’s Office, as to the page of the EU Delegation to Ukraine on Facebook. The EU Delegation to Ukraine stressed that the press freedom is of primary importance in as to evolution of proper government, transparency and accountability as in Ukraine, so anywhere beyond its borders. Any decision should not violate fundamental freedoms of mass media, and world journalistic standards, as confidentiality of sources of information of the journalist. The investigative journalism is making a significant contribution to the anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine, which is claimed to be the major priority of Ukraine, they said. IMI informed earlier, the February 4th, the Pechersk district court in Kyiv provided the Prosecutor’s general office with an access to the internal documents of the editorial board of Novoe Vremya and to all materials that the journalist Ivan Verstyuk had sent to the addresses of electronic mails of the edition. The press officer for the GPO Andriy Lysenko informed the investigation officers of the public prosecutor’s office were compelled to obtain the access to the materials of the Novoe Vremya edition at the court of justice, because the holder of the information company “The Publishing house “Media-DK” declined to provide all necessarily materials to the investigation.
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