An Independent Media Union committee has spent time in Donetsk investigating the circumstances around the “confession” given by journalist Maxim Kasyanov to an attack on the head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, Andriy Shyshatsky
Sonya Koshkina, Chief Editor of the Internet publication Levy Bereg [lb.ua] has left Ukraine following attempts by Volodymyr Landik, Party of the Regions MP to get criminal proceedings initiated against LB journalists
A report entitled "Make freedom of expression a reality, Mr President" outlines the findings of a research mission in April that found serious corruption issues and other problems and recommends steps to improve freedom of expression in the country.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are calling on the Verkhovna Rada to reject two draft laws which would directly contravene Ukraine’s obligations to protect the right to non-discrimination, including on the ground of sexual orientation and other rights
On 26 June the High Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases rejected the cassation appeal against the withdrawal of criminal charges against former President Kuchma in connection with Georgy Gongadze’s murder
The Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech has promised that Ukrainska Pravda’s allegations of harassment by the Security Service will be considered at the Committee’s next meeting
The Chief Editor of Ukrainska Pravda has accused Ukraine’s Security Service of using surveillance, phone tapping and intimidation against a journalist who tried to find out more about the Dnipropetrovsk bombing arrests
Donetsk journalist Maxim Kasyanov has confirmed that he “confessed” to an attack on the head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, Andriy Shyshatsky under serious pressure from a Prosecutor’s Office investigator
The Chernihiv Regional Branch of the National Union of Journalists has issued a statement over the intention of the Chernihiv District Council and Chernihiv District State Administration to appoint a new Editor of the municipal newspaper “Nash Krai”
The Independent Media Union considers that the Acting General Director of the channel Valery Humenyuk is entirely unsuited for his position given the measures of censorship and police methods he has imposed on the editorial team.
The Deputy Director of the Central of Political and Legal Reform has analyzed the latest presidential decree and National Defence and Security Council Decision and says that the subject of terrorism is being hyped up as a pretext for further encroachments on human rights
There are disturbing echoes in a recent National Defence and Security Council Decision of the so-called fight against extremism in neighbouring Russia where the terms “terrorism” and “extremism” are used in a dangerously imprecise and loose manner.
Judging by the following President’s Decree and Decision of the National Defence and Security Council Ukraine’s leaders may be planning measures against what they call extremism, radicalism etc, similar to those already seen in Russia
13 journalists from the Crimean Tatar programme on the State-owned TV Channel “Krym” [Crimea] have issued a statement demanding increased broadcasting time, improved technical facilities as well as an end to pressure on journalists
Shevket Ganiev, journalist from the Crimean State-owned TV Channel “Krym” asserts that a repeat of the programme “Khaberler”, news in the Crimean Tatar language, was removed from air on 7 June because it didn’t give coverage to the President.
The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech is to ask the Interior Minister to provide a guard for Rostyslav Shaposhnykov, one of the owners of the website Dorozhny Kontrol which monitors the work of the traffic police and breaches of drivers’ rights