National Police to probe info on wiretapping of Ukraine journos – chief

18:53, 01 November 2016
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The National Police of Ukraine will investigate into possible wiretapping of cell phones of journalists from Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper, the agency’s chief, Khatia Dekanoidze, told reporters Tuesday.

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"Yes, there is such a probe," Dekanoidze said responding to a question on the matter. "There was an open letter when journalists from Ukrainska Pravda turned to National Police to check all the details."

The National Police chief said she had already held a meeting with the publication’s top managers, adding that the internal investigation was underway.

As reported earlier, October 28, Ukrainska Pravda published an article which included documental evidence of its journalists and editors being spied on.

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The Communications Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine assured that they were not doing any illegal wiretapping of and spying on Ukrainian journalists.

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