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Poltava journalists complain about the City Council's press office, demand an audit

21.07.2022, 12:48
Photo by Anastasiia Matsko
Photo by Anastasiia Matsko

In Poltava, journalists claim to have faced obstruction from City Council officials, including the press office. The media representatives initiate a round table with the city authorities to discuss unsatisfactory communication and find ways to resolve the problem.

This is stated in the appeal by multiple local media outlets, reports the IMI representative in Poltava region.

The journalists complain about hearing bureaucratic formulas instead of answers to information requests; unability to receive the necessary comments promptly; lack of "live" communication with City Council officials, such as briefings; events being announced late, if ever. They also complain about the officials performing their duties unsatisfactorily and about the disregard of the laws "On mass media," "On information," "On television and radio broadcasting," "On news agencies" on the part of the head of the Poltava City Council press office Alina Ryabokon.

Journalists appeal to the mayor Oleksandr Mamai, the City Council secretary Andriy Karpov, and the City Council deputies of the 8th convocation with the demand "professional and respectful treatment of the work of the mass media, namely by the Poltava City Council press office." According to the appeal, the reason for this was repeated violations of journalists' rights by City Council officials. In particular, the July 20 case, when journalists were not allowed into the City Council hall to attend a meeting with protesters.

In addition, the journalists demand to hold a round table between the city authorities and the mass media in order to resolve the conflict and develop a clear and transparent communication algorithm, as well as to conduct an official audit of the activities of the press office head Alina Ryabokon and to hold a conversation with the contracted security organization regarding the algorithm of inspection and admission of journalists to the premises of the City Council.

The appeal was signed by representatives of the publications "Poltavska Khvylia," "Fundament," "Kolo," "Poltavshchyna," 0532.ua, Gazeta.ua, freelance journalists, media commentators. The appeal will be passed on to the City Council.

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