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UOC (MP) parishioners in Kirovohrad oblast threaten Suspilne journalists, obstruct their work

29.05.2023, 10:46
Photo: Suspilne
Photo: Suspilne

Parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) obstructed the work of a reporter and a cameraman of Suspilne Kropyvnytsky on May 27 as they were filming a parish meeting in Pryiutivka village, Kirovohrad oblast, reports Suspilne.

The people threatened physical violence on the filming crew, tried to knock the camera out of cameraman Anatoly Basysty's hands, took the phone from journalist Antonina Kreitor so as to prevent her from making a video recording of the actions of UOC priests, who at that time were storming the bus where a meeting on the parish's transition to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. was ongoing.

In view of this, Suspilne Kropyvnytsky contacted the law enforcers regarding the obstruction of legitimate professional work of journalists in the square next to the Pryiutivka House of Culture (Berehovy lane). The media outlet added that the parishioners who were obstructing the work of reporters and threatening them were caught on video.

Victor Hlushchenko, deputy chief of the Oleksandria district police department, told the media outlet that the police officers on the ground have recorded the obstruction of the journalists' work, that this fact has been registered.

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