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Poltava deputy who threatened a journalist notified of suspicion

08.11.2023, 17:35
Photo: Poltavska Khvylia
Photo: Poltavska Khvylia

The Poltava Oblast Attorney's Office notified the deputy and District Council deputy chair, Serhiy Boyko of suspicion over death threats against the "Poltavska Khvylia" journalist, Anastasia Matsko.

Lyudmiya Ivashchuk, the representative of the Poltava Oblast Attorney's Office press service, informed the oblast representative of the IMI of this.

According to Ivashchuk, the head of the Oblast Attorney's Office signed the suspicion notice to the deputy chair of the Podilsk District Council of Poltava.

"The suspicion notice was signed under Part 1 of Article 345-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (threats or violence against a journalist. – Author's Note). It was handed over to the suspect yesterday as instructed by the boss. The measure of restraint has not been chosen yet," Lyudmyla Ivashchuk said.

​As reported, 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. Later, the journalist's lawyer, Dmytro Semekha, requested that the Poltava police reclassify the case as threats instead of obstruction. On May 29, Matsko and her lawyer filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General's Office due to the police's inaction. Two forensic examinations confirmed that the journalist received death threats, but the work of the prosecutors' remained insufficient, in her opinion.

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