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Yanukovych calling on local authorities to prevent pressure on media

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Sept. 19, 2012, 5:28 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called on local government officials not to allow pressure to be put on the media during the election campaign.

"I would like to warn all officials at all levels again - interference in the electoral process is a violation of the law, and we will check every report of it. Both the system of law enforcement agencies, and, of course, the courts, will respond in line with the existing law," he said at the Council of Regions on Wednesday.

Yanukovych said there had recently been complaints from different political parties as regards various violations.

"I would like you to pay attention to violations in sensitive areas, such as obstructing the work of journalists and the media. If you receive such complaints, you must respond immediately and in any case do not allow pressure on the media at any level," the president said.

Yanukovych again said there was a need to promote equal conditions in the election campaign.

Speaking about the organization of the monitoring system, the president said there had been positive feedback from various European institutions, including from future election observers.

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