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ATN journalists picket Mayor of Kharkiv’s office

20.09.2011    source:

A picket was held on Monday outside the Mayor of Kharkiv’s office by members of TV ATN, unlawfully removed from air last week.

Around a hundred people gathered, with other Kharkiv journalists, human rights activists and members of the public coming to support the channel.

The picketers held placards reading: “Who’s scared of whom?”’ “News without additions” and “News diet from the Mayor”.  All the journalists were gagged with black ribbons.

A platform was erected outside the Mayor’s Office from which news reader Oleksandr Tykhonov read out the latest news release.

The picketers also brought a symbolic coffin for freedom of speech to the Mayor, Gennady Kernes.

As reported, last week three Kharkiv TV companies – ATN, Fora and ATVC – were simultaneously removed from air. All three are engaged in independent journalist activities and regularly broadcast criticism of the local authorities and various State bodies

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