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In Ivano-Frankivska oblast, activist of "Road Control" beaten by road accident participant for video recording

12.09.2015, 18:06

On the eve of August 29 in Kosiv region, in Ivano-Frankivska oblast, a road accident occurred – a car hit the truck trailer. When the event was video recorded by NGO "Road Control" activist Vitaliy Matsiotskyi, the truck owner hit him in the head. Also, this truck owner attacked a policeman. This information comes from the local media outlet "Halka". As Matsiotskyi told IMI, when he was in the hospital, police contacted him for explanations. In his written explanations, he added that he considers this case an attack against journalist to obstruct his professional duties *(article 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, "Obstruction to lawful professional duties of journalist"), yet police did not identify this as the mentioned crime. Vitaliy complained about this to the oblast prosecutor's office, where his complaint is still being processed.  

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