Herman accuses Yushchenko and SBU of prosecution of journalists

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"Regionalka" Anna Hermann urges the president Victor Yushchenko to protect journalists from pressure of Security service of Ukraine.

About it it is told in the open letter Herman directed by Yushchenko, report Ukrainian news.

"I address to you with hope that you will make everything to punish guilty of pressure upon the free press that you, mister president, once and for all stop prosecution of journalists", - is told in the address.

In the letter it is noted that on Friday security service specialists of Ukraine detained the journalist the Internet - a site Daily.ua of Nazar Tsapok which published documents on weapon sale by Ukraine on a site earlier.

"Security service specialists of Ukraine put in the car and brought in the unknown direction of the journalist of a site Daily.ua Nazar Tsapok", - is told in the message.

Thus Hermann noted that to the journalist at all didn't give the chance to call by phone and to tell to relatives or colleagues where it carry.

She notes that she hardly managed to learn that Tsapok is on interrogation in SBU. The deputy considers that such methods on the journalist carry out pressure.

In turn in a press - service SBU confirmed that on Friday according to the decision of the investigator in SBU Tsapok was invited.

Press - the service emphasizes that it voluntary provided indications in criminal case upon disclosure of the state secret and to distribution of slanderous information by Konovalyuk that caused damage of national security of the state.

"Need to receive indications from Nazar Tsapok was caused by requirements criminally - the procedural legislation in connection with Konovalyuk's indications in this criminal case", - is told in the message.

By data a press - services, Tsapok confirmed that it temporarily doesn't work for this time, isn't and wasn't the journalist, for September - October, 2008 on his name was registered the Internet - the Dailyua resource.

"Tsapok stopped providing indications and freely left premises of SBU at 14:00, to it any measures of restrictive character wasn't applied", - declare in SBU.

Thus the Security service expressed gratitude to Tsapok "for voluntary assistance to a consequence that considerably will help investigation of criminal case upon disclosure of the state secret and to attraction guilty to responsibility".

"Tsapok didn't state any complaints and claims for actions of investigators that by him is confirmed in writing", - declare in a press - service.

It is known that on November 18 the staff of SBU made dredging of servers at office of provider firm of a site Daily.UA within investigation of criminal case upon disclosure of the state secret.

Earlier on a site the copy of the letter of "Ukrspetseksport" with was publishedsignature stamp of restriction of access, and also interview of the head of commission of inquiry of the Verkhovna Rada on deliveries to Georgia of Ukrainian Valery Konovalyuk's weapon with the comment to this document.

Site "Daily.ua" connect with Party of Regions.

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