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 War reporters demand from country's leadership to ensure smooth work in ATO area

Ukrainian war correspondents demand to cancel numerous restrictions on the work of journalists in the ATO zone.

The representatives of the leading Ukrainian media published an address to the country's leadership and representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on their personal pages on Facebook, Censor.NET reports

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The journalists, cameramen, and drivers of the nationwide TV channels which operate in the ATO area, such as Inter, 1+1, Ukraina, Channel 24, ICTV, and Channel 5 addressed the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Grytsak, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsenii Avakov, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Colonel-General Viktor Muzhenko and other authorities.

"Over the past few months, we confronted a partial or complete disregard of rules and agreements with the management of sectors and press officers acting on their behalf," the statement reads.

The representatives of media express categorical protest and request to meet with the General Staff, the leadership of sectors, and press officers to sort out contentious issues. Among them is the issue of coordination of the ATO routes with the headquarters, as well as changes in procedures for tracking and monitoring of the journalists. They require to do so only at the request of the media.

They demand to cancel the total ban of entry to the territory and positions which might be places of potential passage of contraband; provide reliable information on the situation in the conflict zone from the ATO press center; ensure responsibility of the ATO press secretary for circulation of false information and concealing of public information from the journalists.

They also demand the press card to perform its functions in full - the right to travel, the right to film, and, in case of failure, the right for public explanations (on camera) of the reasons of the ban.

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The journalists also complain about "the total ban to film significant and important events in all sectors." "The press officers of the sectors have their own
favorites who write their materials at dictation of the headquarters," 1+1 journalist Ivan Hrebeniuk commented.

 
 
 
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