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In Ivano-Frankivsk, local journalists were forbidden to record in court corridor

06.12.2014, 14:34

On December 5, in Ivano-Frankivsk, in the Ivano Frankivsk district administrative court, unidentified men forbade to conduct video recording inside the court building. «» ( informs about this, referring to Styk (

Today, in the court, there was a proceeding of consideration of the claim of the ex-vice-head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs branch in Ivano-Frankivska oblast, Yaroslav Manzheley, on request to adjudge his dismissal illegal, and to restore him at his position.

When the local TV started to take comments from local activists who were present at the trial, unidentified men came up to them and, without an introduction,  started to demand to turn off the camera, as, one of them said, it is forbidden to video record in the court building. At that time, the court session was already over. The men refused to show their IDs or to refer to the document based on which they forbid to record. Yet they continued to obstruct the journalists to do their job.

Later it was clarified that one of the men who acted so was in charge of security in the court, yet, all the same, he did not show his ID, neither did he introduced himself.

The journalist went outside and recorded the video materials with the activists there.

The IMI media lawyer, Maksym Ratushny, noted that the procedural norms of the legislation do not regulate anything about recording in court buildings outside of the court sessions.

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