The public organization “Institute of Mass Media” (IMI) calls on state authorities and local self-government to guarantee the free movement of journalists by public transport on the basis of a journalistic certificate.
This is indicated in an official appeal sent to the regional and municipal councils of Ukraine, reports IMI.
“The call was sent due to the fact that the IMI receives from regional journalists information on the creation of restrictions and obstacles to their movement by certain government bodies and local authorities. At the same time, the government refers to the absence of journalists in the list of professions specified in paragraph 9 of the paragraph. 2 Decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of April 2, 2020 No. 255 “modifying the decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of March 11, 2020 No. 211 “, in particular, the restriction of their use on public transport limits the movement of film crews,” said the report.
IMI recalls that, according to paragraph 3 of section II of the law of Ukraine “On amendments to certain legislative acts aimed at providing additional social and economic guarantees in connection with the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID -2019) “, the obligation of the authorities and local authorities to ensure the free movement of journalists.
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“The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the National Police, the oblast, the state administrations of the city of Kiev, as well as local authorities in the implementation measures to prevent the onset and spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), stipulated in the quarantine established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, to ensure the free movement of journalists through Ukraine , including in areas where an emergency is declared, “says the document.
In this regard, IMI calls on public authorities and local authorities to act in the legal field. Remember in particular that, in accordance with art. 8 of the Constitution, the rule of law applies in Ukraine.
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“On the basis of the above, we ask you to ensure compliance with the provisions of paragraph 3 of section II of the law of Ukraine” On amendments to certain legislative acts aimed at providing additional social and economic guarantees in connection with the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) “, which is indicated in the acts of the authorities authorities, local authorities on the possibility of unimpeded movements of journalists, including using public transport, on presentation a journalist’s certificate, “the statement said.
As reported by Ukrinform, in Ukraine, on the morning of Tuesday April 7, 1,462 cases of Covid-19 were recorded (143 new ones per day). 45 patients died, 28 recovered.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru