Kyiv, July 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration Serhiy Liovochkin has condemned a criminal case opened against the LB.ua online newspaper and asked the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine to check whether the opening of this case by the prosecutor’s office of the Pechersk district of Kyiv was legal.
He told the Telekritika online newspaper that he had also asked the interagency working group analyzing the observance of legislation on freedom of speech and the protection of the rights of journalists to consider this issue at its next meeting.
“Freedom of speech is essential in the protection of the democratic achievements of our country. Therefore, any attempts to pressurize the media, especially before the elections of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, are unacceptable,” Liovochkin said.
As reported, the prosecutor’s office in the Pechersk district of Kyiv has opened a criminal case against the LB.ua online news site for the violation of secrecy of correspondence by Regions Party MP Volodymyr Landik.
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