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Prosecutor's office opened case, accusing journalist with StopCor of violating privacy

30.04.2020, 14:49
Photo credit: Screenshot from the video of StopCor's video
Photo credit: Screenshot from the video of StopCor's video

The Public Prosecutor's office of the Vinnytsia region opened criminal proceedings for violation of privacy of the chief of the Main directorate of the National police of the region Yury Pedos by the journalists of the TV crew with "StopCor, as it was reported on the website of the prosecutor's office of Vinnitsa region.

The prosecutor's office of the region entered the information to the Unified register of pre-trial investigations under the part 1 of the Art. 182 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Violation of privacy").

"Over the night and in the morning of April 28, two men videotaped the house where the head of the State Police in Vinnytsia region lived. In the morning, they blocked the way to the police chief's car,took video of him and his family members, including minors. These actions were documented by the Vinnytsia District Police Department's Investigation Task Force, and the people who took footage called themselves journalists, but they presented no press cards and were invited to the police department to identify and testimony. After that the above-mentioned persons left the premises of police, "- the prosecutor's office reports.

The pre-trial investigation is ongoing.

In compliance with the article, the sanction entails a fine of five hundred to one thousand tax-free minimum incomes, or correctional labor for a term of up to two years, or arrest for a term of up to six months, or restraint of liberty for a term of up to three years.

As IMI reported, on April 28, the StopCor news portal reported that in Vinnytsia region, on April 27, police seized video footage of its TV crew near the home of Yuri Pedos, chief of the Vinnytsia Central Police Department. The TV crew came to film the estate that the official failed to declare and to ask him to comment it on.  Yuri Pedos claimed that StopCor's journalists illegally surveilled his family, he found this activity as provocation.

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