Mustafa Nayem: Regions Party deputy tries to pay off a journalist
A week after security guards of one of the delegates to the Party of the Regions Congress assaulted well-known journalist Mustafa Nayem, the latter has posted the following on his blog at Ukrainska Pravda.
“Exactly one week has passed since the incident with the guards of one of the delegates to the Party of the Regions Congress. During that time not one member of the party has put forward an official position regarding the incident. Yet I’m convinced that the leadership of the party are well aware of the names of all those involved.
Thursday 9 August marks the end of the10-day period for the Prosecutor’s Office to check the report of a crime under Articles 171 and 296 of the Criminal Code – deliberate obstruction of a journalist’s legitimate professional activities and hooliganism.
As far as I can understand, this report is getting in somebody’s way, and is even prompting them to resort to all sorts of idiocies. Yesterday, via a close friend, a financial offer was made to me aimed at resolving the conflict.
I would strongly ask that people do not bother either myself or my friends with such offers. All that I require is that the relevant names are given.
I hope that the imagination of those involved in the incident will be confined to the offer made.
Thank you for your understanding.
I also consider it necessary to make public information about the owners of the cars involved in the incident. (the details given include the following: Mercrdes S600 - Number plate - АА 8193 КО – owned by Mykola Kaletnyk; Mercrdes Geländewagen - Number plate АА 3286 КО – owned by Serhiy Salnyk)
At the time Mustafa Nayem explained that the incident had occurred when on the way to the exhibition centre where the congress is taking place, the car accompanying one of the deputies cut ahead of his motorbike. One of the guards opened the car door, used abusive language and asked if Mustafa Nayem couldn’t see that they were escorts.
When both the accompanying car and the journalist arrived at the exhibition centre, Mustafa Nayem came over to find out who was sitting in the car.
Instead the guard got out, knocked the journalist’s telephone out of his hand and this time not only used bad language, but also pushed him
Another guard picked up the phone, took the video footage out it and handed the phone to Nayem. The incident was witnessed by traffic police and Party of the Regions deputy Vitaly Khomutynnyk. The deputy said that he would find out why the guard behaved like that. He said he could guess who might have been in the car.
Later a person rang from Khomutynnyk’s phone and tried to explain the situation. However when asked who was ringing, the person answered that that was of no importance and the situation was not worth making public.