The court adjourned the hearing of the appeal Siedlce regarding access permissions of the GPU to its phone – 24 Channel

Суд відклав розгляд апеляції Седлецької щодо дозволу на доступ ГПУ до її телефону - 24 Канал

The court heard the petition of protection of the journalist in which they were asked to suspend the effect of decisions on access to data for 1.5 years with her mobile phone during the pendency of her complaint in the court of appeal.

Also the Kyiv court of Appeals could not conduct a hearing on the complaint of the chief editor of the program of journalistic investigations “Schemes: corruption in detail,” (a joint project of Radio Liberty and “UA: First”) Natalka Siedlce that the court has not received the case file from the court of first instance.

Judge Igor Palenik said that without the case will hear the request of the parties, said the journalist of Radio Liberty from the courtroom.

The next hearing is scheduled for 10:45 on 18 September, the day after expiration of the deadline set by the investigator of the GPU for the output of data by the operator “Kyivstar”.

The petition for temporary suspension of the decision’s defenders Natalie sedletska sent to the court on the eve of the preparatory meeting on the appeal of the case, where the journalist will appeal against the determination of the Pechersk court, which GPU have access to information about calls, SMS and location of his cell phone during the period from July 19, 2016 November 16, 2017. The complaint People demands to cancel the decision of Pechersky court on 27 August 2018 on the temporary data access with her mobile.

We went to court, although the CPC provides that the determination is not subject to appeal. Very the trial may last for several months. All this time the journalist is threatened by the fact that the information is received, and the sources identified. If the definition will execute before the appeal had made its decision – it will not be meaning. So we asked the Appellate court to suspend the execution of the decision on access to a mobile journalist at the time of trial,
– explains the lawyer the faith of the Times.

According to the lawyer, suspension of the Ordinance eliminates any risks for justice, because the information is from a third party operator cannot be destroyed or changed.

September 11 lawyers Natalie sedletska has filed an appeal against the decision of Pechersk district court of Kiev from August 27, 2018 a resolution of the investigator of GPU to obtain from the provider information from the phone of the chief editor of the program of journalistic investigations of the program “Schemes” Natalie sedletska.

The resolution refers to providing access for the investigation to calls and SMS messages journalist from July 2016 to November 2017 and data about the location of his phone during these 17 months.

Radio Liberty expressed outrage this definition. The editors of the program “Schemes” issued a statement condemning the pressure on Natalia Sedletska. Following statements about the attack on freedom of speech and the condemnation of the violated rights of journalists to protect sources was made by our colleagues, Ukrainian and international organizations, among which, in particular, “reporters without borders”, the new York Committee to protect journalists”, European Commission, parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

September 5, the journalist Christina Berdinskikh reported that the court provided the Prosecutor General’s office access to information and her phone. The Prosecutor’s office claim that the data from the phones of the journalists required the investigation to investigate “the facts can be disclosed by the Director of the National anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnik of information constituting a state secret”.

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