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Single screen broadcasting session in parliament blotted out for press

15.12.2021, 16:50
Anna Steshenko, LB
Anna Steshenko, LB

In the Verkhovna Rada, the single screen broadcasting the parliamentary session is blotted out for the journalists. The sound is turned down, as LB reported.

"It is now impossible to listen to the Rada on the sidelines," a special correspondent told LB.ua.

According to LB, in early September the Verkhovna Rada has partially opened the sidelines to the press. However, the part of the first parliamentary floor where  MPs of the “Servants of the People” usually leave the hall was restricted to the media.

The corridors of parliament were closed with the beginning of the spread of the coronavirus in Ukraine. Since March, new rules have been adopted to get into the Rada building: only one journalist from the publication or one TV crew from any TV channel. Journalists were supposed to return to work on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada with the beginning of a new plenary session on September 1, 2020, but due to deterioration of the pandemic situation the restrictions remained in force.

In early October, journalists working in the Verkhovna Rada began collecting signatures for an increase in the number of media accreditation cards that allow them to work on the first floor. Media representatives asked to reserve two red cards for TV crews and one for reporters.

As IMI reported, on December 15, the “Rada” parliamentary TV channel announced to plan to broadcast in an updated format - with a modern parliamentary studio and an additional studio in the government office.

On November 30, Vadym Perenchuk, director of the “Rada” parliamentary television channel, said the channel could upgrade its broadcasting network as early as mid-December if it received an additional 43 million hryvnias. According to him, creative competitions for the production of talk shows and other programs have already been announced. Competitions are already in the final stage. 

Since September 7, 2021, special cards have been introduced for journalists to enter the corridors of the first floor of the Verkhovna Rada and the entrance to the parliamentary canteen.

As IMI reported, on September 6, some sidelines of the first floor of the parliament, that previously had been closed, are to be partly open for the press, as Dmytro Razumkov, Chairman of the parliament, said at the briefing.

As IMI reported, on March 12, Razumkov signed an order "On additional measures aiming to prevent incidence of acute respiratory disease." According to it, journalists are not allowed outside the press center of the parliament for the period of quarantine.

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