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In Kyiv, journalist not allowed to photograph in underground station

25.03.2016, 21:53

On March 21 in Kyiv, the editor-in- chief of “Khersonska miska hazeta” ("Kherson city newspaper") Kostiantyn Ryzhenko was not allowed to photograph and record video in the underground subway station. Ryzhenko reported this to IMI. According to the journalist, he wanted to get some shots for his newspaper, for the section about tourism. But the staff of the metro station and police stopped him and demanded he got a permission for recording from the subway administrator.  At that, no one was able to explain the journalist why exactly is it not allowed to conduct photographing and recording of the station. The journalist had to go to another station for permit, and only then he was able to take the photographs.

To IMI’s request, the Kyiv Metro press service responded that there are no restrictions on video or photo recording of the areas of metro stations that are open for the public. As to the permission, it is not binding, and is a type of accreditation document. Still, it is unclear why police does not allow taking photos and what they could accuse the journalist of in case they choose to detain him for photographing – even taking into account the intensified security measures in the capital’s subway. 

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