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Police sees no signs of vandalism against the photo exhibition about journalists during the war

19.01.2024, 13:15
Photo of a stand by the National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity
Photo of a stand by the National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity

The Kyiv National Police HQ refuses to open a case for defacing the photo exhibition The War Is Not Over Yet about journalists in the war, according to the reply the IMI received from the head of the Podil district police department, Yury Trembitsky.

"Seeing as the examination of evidence showed no signs of a corpus delicti, the materials were written off after the inspection and a response in writing was provided," he said in his reply.

Trembitsky noted that in case anyone disagrees with the adopted decision, they can file a complaint against the police or an official and appeal directly to the court.

The IMI will appeal the investigator's inaction.

"We will challenge the investigator's inaction, which manifested in a failure to add the information about a crime into the EDPR, by filing a complaint with the court. The CPC does not provide for such a stage as 'inspection' before entering information into the EDPR. We clearly see a corpus delicti in the actions of as-yet-unidentified persons, and we will demand a proper pre-trial investigation," said IMI lawyer Volodymyr Zelenchuk.

On October 6, 2023, the IMI contacted the law enforcement bodies regarding an act of vandalism against the photo exhibition The War Is Not Over Yet, which opened in Illinsky Square in Kyiv (Podil district) on September 16, 2023. It was supposed to last until October 8, but on October 2 the partners noticed that the stands had been defaced.

Unknown persons vandalised the exhibition to spread Russian propaganda, deny Russia's aggression against Ukraine and show contempt towards Ukrainian journalists. The stands displayed the stories and photos of reporters, camerapeople, photographers, fixers who were killed, injured or captured since February 24, 2022. The exhibition covered the stories of journalists who were injured while reporting, as well as journalists who died as combatants defending our country in the ranks of the UAF.

The exhibition is co-organized by PEN Ukraine, Institute of Mass Information, Human Rights Center ZMINA, National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity, Heorhiy Gongadze Award, Kyiv City Center of Folk Art and Cultural Studies.

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