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The mayor of Zaporizhzhya called police when Inter journalist came to his office

28.10.2013, 22:17

October 24. The mayor of Zaporizhzhya Oleksander Sin refused to speak with the reviewer of «Podrobytsi» (“Details”) of the Inter TV channel Roman Bochkala; when the media outlet's representative appeared in his office he called police at once, Golos Zaporozhya informs.

The mayor's press service claims that the filming crew of the TV channel tried to make their way into the office by force in spite of the press secretary's protests, when the mayor was busy.  Thus they had to call the police. Yet the journalists call this story a blatant lie.

“We came to the city mayor’s office, because we were preparing the story about the “overseer” in Zaporizhzhya, Yevhen Anisimov. According to mass media, Oleksander Sin is connected with the case of the “overseer”'s gang , and we wanted to receive his comments on this. At the official's reception desk, they told us he was busy. We calmly waited until his assistant came out of his office, we informed again about our visit, and entered Sin’s working room. I greeted him, introduced myself and informed him what media outlet I represent. Yet, the mayor, paying no attention to me, chose to call the police”, Bochkala told.

“After this, the mayor’s assistant returned to the office and tried to block the camera, impeding my professional activities. And when security guards showed themselves in the room – we left, as it became clear that Oleksander Sin does no intention to comment or answer any questions”, the journalist said.


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