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Ukrainian MPs urge Speaker to close parliament lobby for reporters

The committee is also proposing to create a public council attached to the press office of the Ukrainian Parliament with parliamentarian reporters with the long record of service
21:17, 10 July 2018

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The Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament on Freedom of Speech and Information issues intends to ask Andriy Parubiy, the Chairman of the Parliament to consider the position of the reporters concerning the issue on closing the parliamentarian lobby for them, as the Regulatory Committee of the Parliament recommends it. Olha Chervakova, the Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Committee and the MP of Petro Poroshenko Bloc claimed this on the air on 112 Ukraine channel.

‘This is only a recommendation of the Committee. They have to be approved by the Ukrainian Parliament Staff and signed by the Speaker. There is no need to vote for it but we as a committee are intended to ask the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament to consider the position of the reporters on this issue,’ she claimed.

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Chervakova is not supporting the proposition of the Regulatory Committee of the Parliament and she thinks that it is important to alter the provisions on accreditations.

‘I do believe that there is no need to commit the acts instead to concentrate on the altering the provisions on accreditation and to review the access of individuals with a press card to the building,’ she claimed.

Among the four thousand people accredited to the Parliament, there are many fake reporters.

‘We have four thousands of them who are undergoing accreditation. Most of the accreditations are fake. There is a business on the issuance of the identification. It gives a possibility to get Titushky to the polling stations during the elections and other specific audience to the building for just spend time or solve business issues,’ Chervakova claimed.

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She recalled the story of two reporters who showed an obscene gesture to the photographer in the lobby of the Parliament.

Recently, there was a scandal about two persons who showed an obscene gesture to the photographer. They had their accreditation withdrawn not for showing the obscene gesture but for not doing their job. They have received accreditation from two newspapers of the Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko and have been going there as a representative of the newspaper,’ the MP recalled.

Also, Chervakova said that one of the ways out of the situation is to allow only professional reporters to the building.

‘There is the idea to reconsider the provision on accreditation, so only professional reporters can get to the lobby. In this case, it is an awareness of the work of the Ukrainian Parliament, writing articles, stories from political or parapolitical events. The press office of the Ukrainian Parliament no longer has the authority to review such people. This is why we propose to create a public council attached to the press office of the Ukrainian Parliament with parliamentarian reporters with a long record of service who can determine who is the real reporter and who is not,’ MP of Petro Poroshenko Bloc summarized.

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Reportedly, the Ukrainian Parliament Regulatory Committee recommended closing the lobby of the Parliament for reporters, press photographers, camera operators and to provide them press office on the third floor. 

The committee recommended the Principal Deputy of Staff of the Ukrainian Parliament to initiate a formation of the workgroup in the Parliament’s Staff, which will develop proposals to establish a press office on the third floor, new provisions for accreditation of reporters, press photographers and camera operators and to close the parliamentarian lobby for the press.

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The decision is made due to the incident, which took place on May 24, 2018. The parliamentarian press photographer published a photo of two young women. One of them made an obscene gesture to the camera. Later, the girls’ name became known. Julia Makhmudi, Hromadskiy Visnik Kyeva newspaper reporter and Valeria Yehorova, Flash on Time News reporter. As a result, the relevant committee withdrew the accreditation of these two media representatives.

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