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Lviv journalist was not allowed at televised bridge with Yanukovych

25.02.2013, 09:39
 On February 22, two unknown men in civilian clothes hampered professional activities of Express newspaper journalist Olga Pilischuk in the village of Pnykut in the Lviv Oblast, where there was organized a televised bridge with President Yanukovych within frames of his "Dialogue with the country" project.

The men grabbed the journalist by her arm, and, despite her protests, physically pushed her from the territory of a building, where the event was to be organized.

According to the newspaper, the building and its territory were surrounded by more than 15 law enforcement officers and people in civilian clothes. Earlier, Pilischuk showed her journalist card, but police refused to let her in the territory, without explaining the reasons. Unofficially, police said they had instructions to allow only the people who were “in the list”.

"At this point, TV-journalists began to record on cameras the dialogue with police, which was violating the law. Having used the fact that the police was confused, the journalist entered the territory of the house. It caused the negative reaction of people in civilian clothes who, as you can tell, were employees of the SBU "- the journalist stressed.

Olga Pilischuk told IMI that, when she arrived to the building, where the televised bridge with Yanukovych was to be organized, she was asked to wait. "We waited for 30 minutes, and then a police officer came out and told us it was a private property and we would not be allowed, since there was an expensive equipment and, maybe, we wanted to disrupt the televised conference," - said Pilischuk.

The journalist is going to submit an application to the police on the fact of impeding her professional journalist activities.

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