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In Mukachevo, members of election committee asked police to escort journalist out and threatened him with administrative arrest

10.10.2015, 17:12

On October 7 in Mukachevo (Zakarpatska oblast), the journalist of the media outlet “Tochka Opory” was not allowed to be present at the session of Mukachevo town election committee. The head of the committee Volodymyr Homeniuk (party “Petro Poroshenko Bloc “Solidarnist”) and committee member Serhiy Nosaliuk (party “Opposition bloc”) asked a police officer to escort the journalist out as an "unidentified individual." Homeniuk said that the journalist was late (although there was no public announcement about the time of the session), and demanded him to leave. The journalist was denied registration, and the head of committee (in spite of the journalist quoting Law explicitly permitting mass media representatives to be present) urged the committee to vote on "expelling the unknown individual", and most committee members voted for it. The committee called police, and police, without even looking into the issue, escorted the journalist out. The head of the committee said he is ready to testify to get the journalist imprisoned for 15 days. OPORA civil network qualifies the actions of the committee and the police as obstruction to the lawful journalist activities, as per article 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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