The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for human rights Valeria Lutkovska in the Studio “112 Ukraine”. 26.04.2017

Authorized the Verkhovna Rada on human rights Valeria Lutkovska urged the law enforcement bodies at carrying out of investigatory actions at investigation of criminal proceedings against the editor of the publication “Strenia” not to interfere in the activities of the media. This is stated in the statement Lutkovska, widespread his press-service.

“From yesterday significant public response received information about conducting searches in the editorial office “Strenia” and the suspicion of the crime editor-in-chief of the edition Igor Guzhva. Given the above, I urge law enforcement agencies to conduct necessary investigations without interfering into the activities of the media. Necessary to distinguish clearly between investigations against officials and professional media activities, while ensuring non-interference in the freedom of speech,” said the Ombudsman .

Related news: Lutsenko said that he had not read the materials “Stranie” allegedly compromising Linko, and does not intend to evaluate them

He stressed that the media play a special role in the development of a democratic society. Also Lutkovska notes that the criminal proceedings against Guzhva requires especially careful consideration, because it can be regarded as pressure on media.

Lutkovska has promised to personally monitor the situation and monitor the events associated with it.

AK reported, the evening of 22 June to the editor the Internet-editions “Strenia” came with a search warrant. As said the Deputy chief editor of the edition Svetlana Kryukova, the building of the business center was surrounded by the SBU.

Editor in chief “Strenia” Igor Guzhva associates searched in edition with critical publications in the address of the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Dmitry Linko (Radical party). According to him, the criminal case against the publication fraudulent. Later Guzhva was detained and taken to the capital Glaucus police.

Related news: the Prosecutor in court will ask for Guzhva arrest with the possibility of bail

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