In Uzhgorod, private security guards did allow reporters to film at the bus station

23 February 2015 14:14  11092482 093459
In Uzhgorod, private security guards did allow reporters to film at the bus station

On February 23, in Uzhgorod, private security guards did not allow the crew of the "21 Kanal" to film at the local bus station.

As TV journalist Olga Sorochuk reported to the regional correspondent of the IMI, the crew was preparing a piece about the rise in bus fares. So, the cameraman and the journalist arrived at the bus station to take the comments on bus tickets from the management of the bus station, drivers and passengers.

However, a guard orally prohibited to film, saying that it requires permission from the management. In order not to exacerbate the conflict, the crew stopped recording.

The Chairman of the "Zakarpatavtotrans" JSC Yosyp Krechko by phone told the reporters that it is indeed prohibited to film at the bus station without permission, because it is, in his words, a "sensitive facility."


According to Article 25 of the Law of Ukraine "On information", during the performance of their professional duties, a journalist has the right to make written, audio and video recording using the necessary technical means, except as prohibited by law.

Media lawyer of the IMI Roman Golovenko considers this case an interference with journalist activity.

"A bus station can not be regarded as a sensitive facility, because every day, a lot of people visit it and they are not subject to special control for presence of explosives, weapons and so on," - Golovenko.

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