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Ukraine up with most dangerous countries for journalists because of Russian aggression

While Ukraine is the territory on which journalists were threatened, arrested or killed in 2014, Oksana Romanyuk, Director of the Institute for Mass Information stresses that most of the violations are due to the undeclared war waged by Russia and its proxies

Fake website seen as attempt to discredit Ukrainian independent media union

The Kyiv Independent Media Union warns of a fake website (at knmpu.org) which in design and content copies the official site of the Independent Media Union of Ukraine [NMPU] at http://nmpu.org.ua.

Victoria Syumar to head parliamentary committee on freedom of speech

As a firm defender of press freedom and access to public information, Victoria Syumar is an excellent candidate for the post but the news is good for another reason

Seized by Russian soldiers near Ilovaisk, beaten by Kremlin-backed militants

A YouTube clip has been posted showing how Kremlin-backed militants interrogated and beat up journalist Yehor Vorobyov after he was captured by Russian soldiers near Ilovaisk. Vorobyov was subjected to further beating after answering – truthfully – that they had been captured by Russians in uniform

Important support from mainland Ukraine for Crimean Tatar TV ATR

Ukraine’s National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council has called on providers to broadcast the Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR which has come under serious pressure from the occupation regime in the Crimea

Ukraine fined over detention for anti-Yanukovych protest

In 2011 65-year-old Halyna Shvydka was jailed for 10 days after she cut the then president Viktor Yanukovych’s name off a wreath to the poet Taras Shevchenko. On Oct 30, 2014 the European Court of Human Rights found unanimously that Ms Shvydka’s right to freedom of expression and right of appeal in criminal matters had been violated

Journalist held hostage twice is freed

Lviv journalist Yury Lelyavsky is free after being held hostage for over two months by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic. This is the second time he was taken prisoner – the first was in Slovyansk, under the equally self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic

Journalist Veremiy killing: Kyiv court releases key suspect

One of the titushki, or hired government thugs, who has admitted beating Viacheslav Veremiy during the attack in which the journalist died of a gunshot wound is accused only of group hooliganism, despite the level of the violence and fact that the attacks, abduction, etc. were for money

Crimean Tatar channel ATR warns of major witch hunt

ATR notes the many aggressive public statements against the channel made in recent weeks and believes that the authorities’ next step could be to close it.

Journalist Yehor Vorobyov released

Yehor Vorobyov, journalist for Espreso TV was released on Tuesday, Oct 7, after being held hostage by Russian soldiers and / or Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic for 38 days

Crimean Tatar journalists dismissed from official channel

Many observers believe that the dismissals on the State-owned Krym Crimean Tatar programme are aimed at minimizing the influence of the Mejlis and giving voice to only those Crimean Tatars cooperating with the occupation regime.

Journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky released

Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic have released Oleksandr Bilokobylsky, a Luhansk journalist captured while trying to take food and important medicine for relatives and friends in Luhansk

Dmytro Potekhin released

President Poroshenko has announced that the well-known journalist, blogger and civic activist has been released after being seized by Kremlin-backed militants on Aug 7. At least 6 other journalists and civic activists are among the militants’ hostages

Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR accused of ‘extremism’

It is clear from the accusations made that once again any suggestion that the Russian occupation authorities are harassing Crimean Tatars or infringing their rights will be termed ‘extremism’.

Kyiv-Mohyla Academy lecturer savagely beaten

Vasyl Cherepanyn, head of the Visual Culture Research Centre and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy lecturer was set upon by thugs in paramilitary camouflage gear almost certainly from a far-right organization and badly injured

Concern for civic activist and journalist seized by Luhansk militants

Serhiy Saladynsky, head of the Luhansk Eastern Ukraine Centre and chief editor of an Internet publication Politika 2.0 and journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky are believed to have been taken hostage by the so-called Luhansk people’s republic.

Journalist missing in Luhansk

Nothing has been heard from journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky since he set off on Sept 13 from Kharkiv to take food and medicines to relatives in Luhansk

Five journalists not on the list of Kremlin-backed militants’ hostages

The 409 names on the list do not include Espreo journalist Yehor Vorobyov, Dmitry Potekhin, Yury Lelyavsky or two Kharkiv journalists not seen since the end of August

News of Donbas refuses to publish any election advertising

“If we don’t give millionaire politicians the chance to advertise their candidacy, then maybe, just maybe, this will create a more competitive electoral environment and the money that they’ve ready to spend on words will be spent on arms for the army?

Liza Bohutska driven from Crimea after detention

A day after police carried out a search of her home and interrogated her for six hours at the police station for several hours, Liza Bohutska has left the Crimea. She told the Centre for Journalist Investigations that she was hoping the move would be temporary.