The prosecutor’s office of the Shevchenkivskiy district of Kyiv refused to start a criminal case after the claim of a correspondent of “Kievskie vedomosti”


Yulia Kim, a correspondent of “Kievskie vedomosti”, handed a claim to the prosecutor’s office of the Shevchenkivskiy district demanding to start a criminal case after Article 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (impeding the professional activities of journalists). The claim was caused by the fact that, after an open court sitting in the Kyiv Appeal court, the judge attached the audiocassette from Yu. Kim’s dictaphone, which cassette was taken away from the journalist by one of the relatives of the victim, to the materials of the criminal case. More than a year after the incident a letter came to the newspaper, which read that the journalist might come to the court and to get her cassette. Nevertheless, the prosecutor’s office issued the decision on the refusal to institute the criminal case “because of the absence of corpus delicti”. Yulia Kim learned in the prosecutor’s office that not a single criminal case was started according to Article 171 during 18 months after the new Criminal Code came into force. This fact is astonishing, since almost all journalists can describe the situation, when they were denied the access to information, were not permitted to press conferences and got no responses to written requests.

(«Kievskie vedomosti», 28 March 2003)

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