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Journalists banned from covering reading of Altai governor's report; accreditation requests denied

(CJES/IFEX) - According to CJES, the Altai Territory's administration has demonstrated that it divides the region's journalists into "chosen ones" and those who are not worthy of receiving information on the region. Several journalists were recently barred from a meeting in the territory's Legislative Assembly, where the governor reported on the territory's achievements in 2008.

Dmitry Negreyev, journalist and editor-in-chief of the website http://www.PolitSib.Ru , believes that the presentation of the governor's report looked more like a pompous event in the style of Soviet meetings than the unveiling of a governor's report envisioned by the territory's charter. A REGNUM news agency journalist said he was barred from the meeting where the report was read.

Journalists' accreditation for the meeting was handled by the territory's administration. The press service for the territory's Legislative Assembly told a journalist with http://www.PolitSib.Ru that he should apply to the administration's press service for accreditation. The press service sent him to the press department, where the journalist was told he was denied accreditation. Journalists from the information agency Banfax and the government-run newspaper "Rossiiskaya Gazeta" were also denied accreditation for the meeting, said Negreyev.

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