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Notes of suspicion issued in case of assault of UP journalists

17.02.2022, 10:33
Mikhailo Tkach's Facebook
Mikhailo Tkach's Facebook

Law enforcement officers issued the suspicion notes for three people in the case of the attack on journalists of the online publication Ukraiynska Pravda. This was reported on the website of the Prosecutor General's Office.

The suspects are charged with obstruction of lawful professional activity of journalists committed by a group of persons, illegal seizure of materials and technical means collected by journalists, as well as open theft of another's property (Part 1 of Article 28, Part 1 of Article 171, Part 2 of Article 186 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ).

According to the investigation, a group of journalists arrived at the VIP-terminal of the Dnipro airport, where they began filming the report on their own phones. There were four men on the territory of the terminal at that time, who demanded to stop filming. Using force and threatening with a knife, they gained access to the footage, which they deleted the recorded video from the phone.

The issue of pre-trial restrictions for all suspects is currently to be decided.

The investigation is underway, the person who threatened to kill one of the journalists is to be identified (Part 1 of Article 345-1, Part 1 of Article 28, Part 1 of Article 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

As IMI reported, on February 13 in In Dnipro, on February 13, some unknown people aggressed the TV crew of Mykhailo Tkach, the head of the Ukrainian Pravda journalistic investigation department, the Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

The incident took place near the VIP terminal of the city airport.

According to UP, at about 3 pm, unknown individuals approached Yaroslav Bondarenko, a videographer of the UP, who was performing an editorial task, and demanded to delete the video. When Yaroslav refused, one of the men started threatening him with a knife and forced the UP operator to say the password from his phone and deleted all the videos that had been taken.

Another man began to wring the hands of the UP driver.

The men didn’t name themselves. According to the UP, these were security guards. Police at the scene remained passive, the newspaper said.

The video shows the men telling reporters that "this is a strategic object, you can't take video here."

 

On February 14th, Mykhailo Tkach, journalist with Ukrayinska Pravda, said that this was a businessman Oleksander Petrovsky who threatened the videographer during the assault on his TV crew at the Dnipro airport. Tkach wrote about this on his Facebook page.

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