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Kropyvnytsky's "Hrechka" deletes article about universities upon police's "insistent request"

21.07.2022, 20:32

Kropyvnytsky media outlet "Hrechka" had to remove an article about the wartime work of local higher education institutions from their website due to the "insistent request" of the regional National Police Department.

The publication's editor Anastasia Dzyubak announced this on her Facebook page.

According to her, the article was written by one of the trainee journalists. The article was posted on July 11, and on July 14 it was removed from the website.

"On July 14, I received a phone call from the authorities. Referring to their bosses, they insistently asked us to remove the article, allegedly at the request of the regional military administration, due to security concerns. We removed the article," the journalist wrote.

Anastasia emphasizes that in their interview with the "Hrechka" journalist, the representatives of the higher education institutions only reported the information allowed for distribution, which cannot threaten the security situation in the city. According to her, the information provided by them can still be found on the websites of these universities and institutes. In particular, it is about the state of bomb shelters and the institutions' readiness to work in online and offline formats.

"We understand that there are additional precautions under martial law. But I would like to have some clearer information on what may be harmful and what should not be published before we begin our work, not after the fact. In addition, if there were clear rules, we could have checked whether the article violates something or not," Anastasia Dzyubak said.

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