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Lawyer of "Poltavska Khvylia" journalist asks the police to reclassify the case as threats instead of obstruction

10.04.2023, 18:05
Photo: Poltavska Khvylia
Photo: Poltavska Khvylia

Lawyer Dmytro Semekha is asking the Poltava police to reclassify the case regarding Anastasia Matsko, a journalist of the online publication "Poltavsja Khvylia", as threats instead of obstruction, reports "Poltavska Khvylia".

According to him, the material of the proceedings contains enough evidence to reclassify the case and carry out further investigation under Part 1 of Article 345-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Threat or violence against a journalist").

"According to the law, the police should have immediately started proceedings under Article 345-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. To date, there are all grounds and evidence for such reclassification," the lawyer said.

Journalist Anastasia Matsko also believes that the article about threats should have been applied from the start of the proceedings.

"In my opinion, it should have been classified as threats, not obstruction, from the very beginning. There is the fact, there are witnesses. Unfortunately, it is only now that I am requesting a reclassification, having lost two weeks. I really hope that the police will grant the request and we will start moving further," she said.

We remind you that Anastasia Matsko, a journalist at the online publication "Poltava Wave", has said that district council deputy, Serhiy Boyko, and the head of the welfare inspection, Maksym Malko, threatened her during the March 29 City Council session.

The police opened a case for Part 2 of Article 171 ("Obstructing the legal professional work of journalists, influencing a journalist in any way with the purpose of preventing them from fulfilling their professional duties, or persecuting a journalist in connection with their legal professional work") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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