The government canít get anything right. On Wednesday Prime Minister Azarov threw out women journalists trying through a totally peaceful protest to remind him that it could be his wife or daughter who gets attracked with the police watching on and doing nothing, as happened with their colleague Olha Snitsarchuk
With journalist Olha Snitsarchuk able to identify her assailant on Saturday and explain exactly how the police simply watched, despite repeated calls for help, Interior Minister Zakharchenko could not come out looking good. He did not need to make himself and the police look even worse.
ďAny further delay in investigating the attackers, at least some of whom are apparently known to the authorities, is an abandonment of the authoritiesí responsibility to ensure the safe and unhindered work of journalists and contributes to impunity of those who attack them.Ē
Over 150 journalists held a protest on Monday following the attack on Olha Snitsarchuk and Vladyslav Sodel on Saturday by so-called antifascists ŲūÝŮū took place in full view of police officers who did not intervene despite being asked for help (and clearly needing it).
In full view of the police Olha Snitsarchuk from TV Channel 5 and Vladyslav Sodel a Kommersant Ukraine photographer were beaten by unidentified louts. The police did not intervene despite being asked for protection several times by the journalists.
On 3 May 2013, Press Freedom Day, Ukraine came in for some well-earned and damning criticism and the US Helsinki Commission called for a proper investigation into the murder of Volodymyr Honcharenko, well-known environmentalist and editor of an environmental newspaper.
Reporters without Borders has condemned the sudden change in management at TVi, while the International Federation of Journalists has backed the strike by TVi staff and called for transparent and regulated media ownership in the country.
Following the dramatic events on Tuesday at TVi, the journalists on strike have formed a trade union, headed by Mustafa Nayem and have issued their demands. The current situation is of immense concern and the demands are given here in full
Journalists of TVi, virtually the only relatively independent TV channel left in Ukraine, are on strike after a day of scandal and conflicting reports. The following is the statement issued on Tuesday evening after the journalists were prevented from broadcasting it on their own channel.
A TVi film crew, who went together with Democratic Alliance activists, to investigate how the authorities were fighting the flood used as justification for banning yet another peaceful demonstration, encountered problems from the police, not the elements.
While detentions are taking place and Party of the Regions MPs claiming attempted murder over a snowball onslaught, those who attack journalists go unpunished and sometimes unimpeded by police officers
Maxim Mahera from the civic watchdog which monitors driversí rights Dorozhny Kontrol [Road Control] has been jailed for three days even though the road code no longer requires that the document be handed over, simply shown