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Journalist from Pyriatin reported they threatened him to "break his back"

30.11.2021, 17:37
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The editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Svizhy Apelsyn” (Fresh Orange) Vadym Kyrpychenko (Pyriatyn, Poltava region) reported of threats of physical violence, which he received on November 30.

The journalist told about it to the representative of IMI in the Poltava region. 

According to him, he received a call from a man who introduced himself as Yuriy Yurchenko and demanded to close down his media and publish news about the mayor. 

"I was threatened. They told to close down "Apelsyn" and not to write anything about the mayor or anyone else. They said that one of these days they break my back. And even some police are opening cases against me, ”Vadym Kyrpychenko said.

Vadym Kyrpychenko connects the threats with a previously published post sasying that Pyriatyn Mayor Andriy Simonov did not appear at the court hearing in the case of the lawsuit against the journalist. According to Kyrpychenko, the person who called with threats demanded to take down the post, but the journalist refused to do so.

The journalist added that he was considering to file complaint with the police, but not in Pyriatyn, as he said he did not trust local law enforcement. 

As IMI reported, on February 10, Vadym Kyrpychenko said that he had been beaten and threatened.

Then the police opened a criminal case under Article 125 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Intentional minor bodily injury").

In May the Pyriatyn Prosecutor's Office (Poltava region) reclassified the criminal proceedings against Vadym Kyrypychenko under Article 345-1 of the Criminal Code (“Threat or violence against a journalist”).

In September, the charging documents in the case were sent to court.

Vadym Kyrpychenko, editor-in-chief of the Pyriatyn newspaper “Svizhiy Apelsyn” (Poltava region), complained that the municipal authorities did not allow him to attend meetings of deputy commissions and sessions. The City Council insisted that the journalist had been violating the Code of Ethics of Ukrainian Journalists and used offensive and humiliating language. 

As IMI reported, in Pyriatyn (Poltava region) the editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Svizhy Apelsyn" Vadym Kyrpychenko was not allowed to attend the meeting of the executive committee and the session of the Pyriatyn City Council on April 15 and 16. The refusal was justified by quarantine restrictions. Later, on April 16, Kirpychenko was allowed to attend the session.

On March 3, in Pyriatyn (Poltava region), the editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Svizhy Apelsyn" Vadym Kyrpychenko was not allowed to attend a competition for the position of head of the culture department of the Pyriatyn City Council.

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