“The Ukrainian State Guard Department has verified information in
some mass media about its personnel preventing a peaceful protest at the
opening ceremony of the 64th World Newspaper Congress and the 19th
World Editors Forum. It has been discovered via the official
investigation that the persons who are named in the media are not
members of the personnel of the Ukrainian State Protection Department or
the security service of the president of Ukraine,” the State Guard
Department said in a statement on Monday.
“The Ukrainian State Protection Department is always open to
constructive cooperation with journalists and gives them maximum
assistance during mass events.”
Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda said earlier that
presidential bodyguards had stopped the paper’s editor, Olena Prytula,
and the deputy editor of Ukrainian English-language newspaper Kyiv Post,
Kateryna Horchynska, from protesting during Yanukovych’s opening speech
at the Newspaper Congress and Editors Forum on Monday.