Gongadze case: Prosecutor’s office refuses transparency at key stage in investigation

first_img Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Ukraine News March 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has expressed dismay as the prosecutor’s office in Kiev refused for a second time to allow a supervisory role for five press freedom organisations at a key stage of the investigation.The prosecutor’s office announced the arrival in Kiev on 24 March of the group of international experts who will carry out a fresh examination of the „Melnichenko tapes”. Spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office Oxana Sokolova told the Mass Media Institute in a telephone conversation that it would not allow civil society involvement in the examination.The international press freedom organisation stressed the examination was crucial to establish who was responsible for the murder of Géorgiy Gongadze and said that it would keep a close watch on the examination process and its results._____Reporters Without Borders, along with several journalists’ unions and press freedom organisations, have repeated a call to Ukraine’s prosecutor-general, Vassiliev Gennady, to allow civil society a supervisory role in a new expert examination of the “Melnichenko tapes”. The tapes, which were apparently made in the office of President Leonid Kutchma by former police officer Mykola Melnichenko, reportedly implicated the country’s highest authorities in the murder of Georgiy Gongadze, editor-in-chief of the online newspaper pravda.com, whose decapitated body was found on 2 November 2000. Gennady refused an earlier request on 6 February on the grounds that the Ukrainian criminal code and Constitution did not allow for this type of monitoring. Reporters Without Borders, the Mass Media Institute, Article 19, the (British) National Union of Journalists and the International Federation of journalists have therefore now repeated their call.”Our sole objective is to ensure that this expert examination, the outcome of which is crucial, should be done in the utmost transparency in terms of the origin of the recordings, the choice of country where it will be carried out, along with the choice of the expert and equipment. Without this, the conclusions of this new examination would not be credible in the eyes of international public opinion,” the organisations wrote to Mr. Gennady on 24 February. “In view of the importance of this case for press freedom and the reputation of Ukraine, we are repeating our request. Legal arguments did not stand in the way in the examinations of Gongadze’s body in Switzerland and the United States. The ‘civil participation’ that we seek today, could take whatever form you find most suitable and which would be compatible with Ukrainian law”, the organisations added. February 26, 2021 Find out more The prosecutor’s office announced the arrival in Kiev on 24 March of the group of international experts who will carry out a fresh examination of the „Melnichenko tapes”. Spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office Oxana Sokolova told the Mass Media Institute in a telephone conversation that it would not allow civil society involvement in the examination. Help by sharing this information News UkraineEurope – Central Asia UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV to go further RSF_en Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media March 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gongadze case: Prosecutor’s office refuses transparency at key stage in investigation News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Stormont Health Committee given Altnagelvin radiotherapy assurances

first_img Twitter Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Previous article47 unfinished Ballybofey apartments to be sold as one lot inNext articleDonegal Gardai target young male drivers in holiday weekend clampdown News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By News Highland – October 22, 2010 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Stormont Health Committee given Altnagelvin radiotherapy assurances Google+ As the implications of the British Chancellor’s spending review are assessed, health officials in Stormont have indicated that despite cuts in the capital spending budget, the new radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin will still go ahead.Foyle MLA Mary Bradley, who sits on Stormont’s Health Committee, has welcomed the assurances, and says the business plan shoud be completed as quickly as possible.She says the Altnagelvin Unit has been designated as a priority project, and that’s an important step…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/maryb830.mp3[/podcast] Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more