Press service of parliament accounted for denial of access for the press
The Verkhovna Rada's press service gave accounts for denial of access for many journalists to press box, as to “Detektor Media” who cited the Head of the media relations division, acting head of the Verkhovna Rada press service, Andriy Stepanenko. As Andriy Steanenko told, about 700 journalists have been accredited to the solemn meeting of the Verkhovna Rada on the occasion of taking the oath by the MPs elected on July 21, 2019. “When the notice was placed on the Verkhovna Rada’s website, it mentioned that one should put own profession, whether you are photographer, cameraman, journalist. Some media people paid no attention to this and just indicated what agency they worked for. Security does not react to the "agency". This day, only optic professionals (operators and photographers with equipment. - Ed. ) were allowed in the press box, because there were too many accredited journalists, ” he explained. Stepanenko also said that the media representatives who had indicated in accredidation forms “photo / video”, were put in the separate list for security by the Verkhovna Rada press service. “And laying claims against the Directorate of state security, I guess, this is not right, if the accreditation form was filled out improperly. And the computer just defined: if they wrote "agency", then it meant the journalist, "- he explained, adding that the system could not automatically confirm accreditation in this case. According to him, the press box "was "truncated" today”, because the choir performed there”. Stepanenko added that on August 29, the journalists and correspondents worked exclusively on the sidelines of the first and second floors. Instead, the cameramen and photographers worked in the press box, there were over 100 cameras. He said that "maybe even more, because they made concessions to the journalists (who incorrectly filled in the accreditation form. - Ed. )". IMI reported, on August 29, journalists for several high profile media were denied access to press box in the Verkhovna Rada, stating that they were not put on the accreditation list.
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