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General prosecutor's office interrogated the chief editor of "Skhemy" concerning her contacts with National Anti-Corruption Bureau

20.12.2017, 16:00
Chief editor of journalist investigations project “Skhemy” Natalia Sedletska, reported that she was interrogated as a witness in the Prosecutor's office concerning her contacts with the officials of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), in particular, with the director of NABU Artem Sytnyk. She informed about this on December 19 in her Facebook entry, reports. “On this great frosty day, I was being interrogated in the General Prosecutor's office. They interrogated me as a witness - were trying to clarify if I was in NABU off the record, and what I've heard there”, Sedletska wrote. The journalist had to explain to the investigator the meaning of the term "off the record", which is communication with a journalist on conditions of non-disclosure of the source of information, and any factual data on how it was received. Sedletska reminded about the obligation of the journalist not to disclose sources, which is not only codified in international professional standards, but also is included into Criminal Code of Practice of Ukraine, where article 65 protects journalists, their sources and all relevant infromation from disclosure. Also, she promised to cooperate with the investigation and to testify about her published materials, insofar it does not involeve disclosure of "off the record" sources.
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