Poroshenko snatches microphone from questioning journalist, who gets hustled away

President leads the way in suppressing journalism -- will not allow journalist to be heard, while investigations into murders of journalists get nowhere.

Ivan Kozora (in camo shirt) restrained by muscular planclothesment after embarrassing President Poroshenko with questions
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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko grabbed a correspondent’s microphone after his question about promises the Ukrainian leader gave earlier, and then forgot. This was told by Ukrainian journalist Ivan Kazora.

According to him, during the visit of Poroshenko to the company “Zorya-Mashproekt” Kazora went to the president and “asked how things are with the fulfillment of the promises given to them a few months ago.”

“I recall that Petro Poroshenko promised to allocate money from a personal charitable foundation for the reconstruction of the Cathedral Square of Nikolaev, to collect from the state budget 10-15 million hryvnia for the repair of the Central Stadium Nikolaev, to resolve the issue of repairing roads of national importance that pass through the city of Nikolaev (the most broken roads in the city),” he said.

In response, Poroshenko “grabbed the microphone and forcefully put it down, continuing to hold it in his hand.”

“So that you can not hear what he is saying to me. And he added: “You’re going to leave, I tell you,” – explained Kazora.

After that, the head of the Nikolaev Regional State Administration, Alexei Savchenko, “pushed him” away from the president.

“Honestly, I could expect such a reaction to an ordinary question from anyone, but not from the head of state. Even on the eve of the presidential election campaign,” the journalist summed up.
Earlier in early August, Poroshenko personally called Olga Vasilevskaya, the journalist of the 1 + 1 television channel, the leading television news service, to deny that he had been vacationing a few days earlier at his villa in Spain.

In February of this year, the Obolonsky District Court of Kiev terminated the interrogation of Ukrainian President Poroshenko ahead of time in the case of ex-President Yanukovych after the lawyers of the accused asked him about his vacationing in the Maldives.

In January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, a correspondent wearing an embroidered shirt posed an uncomfortable question for Ukrainian President Poroshenko, to which he demanded to remove the embroidery and start talking to him in Ukrainian. During the same visit, Poroshenko at the Ukrainian Breakfast in Davos said that Ukraine’s experience of confronting a hybrid war would help protect the whole world from fake news.

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It should be noted that it was at the forum in Davos that Poroshenko personally announced the fake news, announcing the inflow of investments into the Ukrainian economy.

Recall, on July 18 the national Union of Journalists reported the beating of a journalist in in Krivoy Rog.

On July 6 it was reported that 45 attacks on journalists were committed in Ukraine in the first half of the year..

Recall that on July 5, the Shevchenko Court of Zaporozhye extended the measure of restraint on journalist Pavel Volkov until September 2.

On a similar charge in May, the head of the portal “RIA Novosti Ukraina” Kirill Vyshinsky was arrested, and searches were conducted at the office of the news agency.

On June 26, Ukrainian journalists accused the authorities of speculating on the topic of war and infringing on freedom of speech.

On May 30, Yulia Timoshenko, the leader of the Batkivshchyna Party in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, accused the Ukrainian authorities of the show nature of investigations into the murders of journalists.

“These people came to Ukraine, hoping to find protection. Protecting your right to freedom and the right to life. I demand from the authorities: at least once find the paymasters and their agents! Do not just take it under personal control, but really open the crime! Enough of catching the leaders of ZhEKov and tram depots. Enough of the show. Catch the criminals! “- wrote Tymoshenko on her Facebook page, though she later deleted the post.

Recall that in 2015 the OSCE demanded an immediate investigation into the murder of Oles Buzina. As a result, the investigation for three years has not advanced, and the mother of the murdered man was forced to file an action with the European Court for Human Rights, ECHR.

In December 2017, the head of the National Police of Ukraine Knyazev announced the inability of the Ukrainian justice to find the murderers of the Russian journalist Pavel Sheremet.

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