PRESS COUNCIL TO MONITOR PROTEST ACTIONS

March 30th, 2011
The right of journalists’ to obtain information at mass protests was discussed in a meeting between the Interior Minister and media representatives yesterday, announced the official Press Council website. The report says that the meeting decided to reinstate a special group of journalists and law-enforcement employees, previously established by the Press Council. This group will oversee the monitoring of the above issue.

The meeting emphasized the importance of creating appropriate conditions for journalists to carry out their professional work during protests. They decided that the journalists should always put on special “PRESS” jackets during protests, whether they are sanctioned or unsanctioned. If journalists wearing these jackets are prevented from working, the monitoring group will investigate the incident and take appropriate measures.
The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety has been monitoring the recent protests. Its monitoring group consists of journalists and human rights defenders.