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In Lviv, journalists of Channel 24 were held in branch of "Delta Bank" for concealed video recording

29.12.2014, 02:09

In Lviv, the filming crew of Channel 24, journalist Iryna Papirnyk and cameraman Volodymyr Kvitkovskyi, were held against their will in a branch of “Delta bank” for concealed video recording, and were released only after a lawyer’s intervention. The journalists were filming a story about how bank clients were not able to receive their private funds or social payments, or at least these payments were disbursed only in parts.

As the story goes, the filming crew, having a real story about such circumstances, decided to ask an employee in the operation department why they cannot withdraw 800 hryvnias from their cards, the funds that were transferred to this card in the beginning of December by social service.

The response was: “I do understand your concerns, but we lack cash in our cash register, for this reason we have clients appointed for withdrawal for certain dates”. So they could not withdraw the funds immediately, so the filming crew was sent to the head of the branch. And there, the bank employees called police for concealed video recording. Also, they were illegally holding the crew before the police arrived, and they released the journalists only after a lawyer’s intervention. A complaint to the police was filed against the journalists. 

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