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Kirovograd journalists say they've received threats from mayor

28.10.2012, 03:32
Journalists in Kirovograd region say they've received threats from Mayor Sergei Tsapyuka because of articles they've published in the city's newspaper. Specifically, the mayor threatened to shut down the newspapers City Courier and city web portal Alexandria News, according to the journalists, who published a statement in Alexandria News on Oct. 25.

The Alexandria journalists were investigating violations of election law by pro-government candidate Ludmila Davydenko (first deputy mayor of Alexandria) and Sergei Tsapyuka who campaigned on her behalf.

"The reason for such threats was apparently reluctance to see, hear and read criticism about his personal activities and the activities of the local pro-government teams, in particular the electoral process in which city officials brazenly interfered. If the campaign Mayor somehow concealed his frank commitment to urban pro-regime candidate Ludmila Davydenko, who is the first deputy mayor, the late S. Tsapyuk elections began to act boldly, ahead, completely ignoring the Ukrainian legislation," journalists from the newspapers said in a statement.

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