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Politics 2019-04-15T05:23:49+03:00
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National Union Of Journalists Concerned With Night Search In Office Of Strana.ua Internet Newspaper

National Union Of Journalists Concerned With Night Search In Office Of Strana.ua Internet Newspaper

The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine has expressed its concerns with the night raid of law enforcers to the office of the Strana.ua internet newspaper and arrest of editor-in-chief Ihor Huzhva.

Serhii Tomilenko, the chairperson of the National Union of Journalists, wrote this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"The search in the office of the mass media outlet and the arrest of the editor-in-chief - this is an emergency situation!" he wrote.

Serhii Tomilenko notes that the internet newspaper is popular and regularly publishes articles exposing officials.

"This is why law enforcers must immediately provide convincing evidence to prove probability of accusations. On top of that we have a fact - lawyers were not allowed to be present and the night raid of law enforcers," he wrote.

He says the editorial policy of the internet newspaper causes a lot of questions. But the editorial policy should be discussed by journalists, experts and public, and the State should intervene only when there is an offence.

"The situation when the Prosecutor General's Office is struggling for 'likes' in Facebook of those who dislike the editorial policy of Strana is inadmissible," he wrote.

Serhii Tomilenko says international partners of the National Union of Journalists are concerned with the searches and the arrest of the editor-in-chief and demand convincing explanations.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on June 22, law enforcement agencies arrested Ihor Huzhva on suspicion of blackmail.

Ahead of his arrest Ihor Huzhva said law enforcement agencies carried out searches in the office of Strana.ua internet paper. He linked the searches with critical articles concerning Member of Parliament Dmytro Linko from the faction of the Radical Party of Oleh Liashko.


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