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In Volyn region, correspondent for Tochka OPORY could not attend party conference due to address change

25.09.2020, 16:22
Photo credit: Shutterstock / Radio Liberty
Photo credit: Shutterstock / Radio Liberty

In Volodymyr-Volynskyi (Volyn region) on September 22, Yuliya Yutovets, correspondent for Tochka Opory, did not attend a conference of the regional organization of the Nash Kray political party, as the address of the meeting has been changed, as the Civic Network OPORA reported on its website.

According to the report, at due time, the room indicated as the conference venue was closed. 

“I arrived at the room a few minutes before 8 pm and immediately started looking for where the conference was to take place. This is a one-story building with shops, a beauty salon… I walked around it from all sides, met a security guard: he said that everything was closed here, there was no party here, and this was the first time he had heard about this event, ” Yulia Yutovets said.

As OPORA was told in the Volyn regional territorial election commission, the regional organization of the Nash Kray party submitted a notice of the party conference with the specified address. According to the chairman of the commission Ivan Lazorko ("”Za Maybutne” (For the Future), there was no report on eventual address changes.

As OPORA was later told by the party, the party conference did take place, but at a different address, and the TECs was not informed of, as the changes took place “very quickly and for some reasons beyond control”. 

OPORA also emphasized that the announcement of the party conference of the Volyn regional branch of the party posted on the official website of the Nash Kray political force did not specify the procedure for media accreditation and did not specify any contacts for additional information about the event.

As IMI reported, on September 15 in Kyiv, On September 15, in Kyiv, several journalists, including those ones of Tochka OPORY, were not allowed to attend the conference of the city organization of the “Palchevsky’s Victory” political party. The organizers justified it lockdown restrictions, as Kyiv is part of "orange zone". 

On September 18, in Melitopol (Zaporizhzhya region), the “Serhiy Minko Team” political party did not accredit or allow journalists from Tochka OPORY to attend the party meeting.

As IMI reported, on September 18 , in Mykolaiv, the journalist with OPORA edition couldn't get to the meeting of the regional organization of political party “Za Maybutne” («For the future») where they nominated candidate for elections of the chairman of the Mykolaiv city council.

As IMI reported, on September 19 in Lutsk, a journalist from the Center for Journalistic Investigations "Force of Truth" Mariya Smyk was not allowed to attend a conference of the regional organization of the political party "Opposition Platform - For Life." 

On September 19, in Lutsk, journalists from Tochka OPORY and the Center for Journalistic Investigations "Sila Pravdy" were barred from attending a conference of the Volyn regional branch of the Servant of the People political party, citing quarantine restrictions.

On September 19, in Lviv, representatives of Tochka OPORY and another journalist were denied access to the conference of the Lviv regional branch of the Servant of the People political party to nominate candidates for local councils due to quarantine restrictions.

On September 21, in Lviv, a journalist from Tochka OPORY was not let in to the party conference of the Lviv regional organization Opposition Platform - For Life due to quarantine restrictions.

On September 19 and 20, in the Khmelnytsky region, a correspondent of Tochka OPORY was denied access to a meeting to nominate candidates from the Civic Position and Nash Kray parties.

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