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How to distinguish a journalist at a rally told the prosecutor of the Khabarovsk Territory
The prosecutor of the Khabarovsk Territory Nikolai Ryabov spoke about the conditions when a journalist is recognized as participants in mass actions. According to him, some are simply pretending to be media workers in order to avoid responsibility for participating in an unauthorized action.
As they write "Ведомости"State Duma deputy Valery Rashkin asked the prosecutor to clarify this issue. The deputy asked to check the validity of the detention of journalists at the rallies in support of the arrested Sergei Furgal.
Most often, Ryabov noted, journalists are recognized as participants in the action if they are in the crowd and "create a mass character" of the event.
At the same time, the prosecutor gave examples. For example, Dmitry Timoshenko (journalist for Newsader and Arsenyevskiye Vesti), who was arrested for several days, moved with the protesters in a column, and not along the sidewalk. By this he created mass character and attracted attention. He did not have the distinctive signs of the press.
The author of the YouTube channel "Atypical Khabarovsk" and the correspondent of "Arsenyevskiye Vesti" Anton Kurdyumov also took part in the procession. Despite the fact. That he had equipment for filming the broadcast in his hands, he interfered with the movement, commented on what was happening and actively expressed the position of the rally participant. For this he received a fine of 10 thousand rubles.
In addition, the prosecutor points out that often such “pseudo-journalists” do not have editorial assignments and distinctive press signs. Although their absence is not a reason for detention. A journalist is one who works both in the media staff and on behalf of the editorial board.