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Security guard who prevented a journalist from filming a luxury building will face trial

31.05.2022, 13:41

Prosecutors of the Zhytomyr Regional Prosecutor's Office have filed an indictment against a Zhytomyr resident for threatening Oleksandr Kryzhanivsky, a journalist with the Anti-Rating investigation program, and obstructing the filming of the buildings on the Teteriv River embankment.

Zhytomyr Regional Prosecutor's Office announced this.

The investigation and the according examinations lasted for more than nine months.

According to the investigation, in August last year, a 63-year-old suspect, calling himself a security guard of a private land, forbade the journalist to film a story about the construction of private houses on the Teteriv riverbank in Zhytomyr.

"The defendant… threatened to beat him, swinging a wooden stick at him and swearing obscenely," the Prosecutor's Office stated.

As IMI reported, on August 19, 2021, in Zhytomyr, during the filming of the Anti-Rating journalist investigation program, a security guard of private buildings on the Teteriv riverbank attacked journalist Oleksandr Kryzhanivsky with his fists and threatened him.

Zhytomyr District Prosecutor's Office has opened a criminal investigation into the threat of violence against journalists (Part 1 of Article 345-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

On May 6, 2022, Zhytomyr region authorities notified a Zhytomyr resident of suspicion for threatening Oleksandr Kryzhanivsky, a journalist with the Anti-Rating investigation program, and interfering with filming the buildings on Teteriv riverbank. The suspicion note was issued under Part 1 of Art. 345-1 (threat of violence made against a journalist due to performance by this journalist of his/her lawful professional activity) and Part 1 of Art. 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (willful preclusion of lawful professional activities of journalists).

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