Journalists and media specialists are concerned that the closure of the website Dorozhny Kontrol (http://www.roadcontrol.org.ua/)) which monitors breaches of drivers’ rights could become the pattern for other forms of pressure on Internet publications.
The Kharkiv Regional Branch of the National Union of Journalists has issued a statement demanding that the law enforcement bodies thoroughly investigate and punish those harassing the Director of Channel A/TVK Yelena Barannyk
The statement points out that over the last weeks Internal Affairs [MIA] officers have summoned journalists for questioning in three cities in various regions of Ukraine in connection with their journalist work reporting on damage to billboards with President Yanukovych’s greetings
The Chief Editor of the information and advertising weekly «Ñâîáîäà ñëîâà» [Freedom of Speech], Irma Krat from Hadyach in the Poltava region says that she has been threatened with having drugs planted and a criminal investigation launched
While the police deny putting any pressure on journalists who reported damage to billboards with President Yanukovych expressing New Year and Christmas greetings, another journalist has reported such police attention
The Independent Media Union of Ukraine condemns the withdrawal of a draft law which would have affirmed journalists’ right to not reveal their sources and points to recent worrying examples of police pressure on journalists writing about damage to billboards with Yanukovych’s face
Gazeta.ua informs that their report that the police had initiated two criminal investigations over damage to Yanukovych billboards in Lviv and the Rivne region has led to police interrogations of its journalists.
The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech has decided to recommend that the Verkhovna Rada pass a resolution to remove Draft Law ¹ 7132 on amendments to the Law on Protection of Public Morality and to cancel the decision to pass it in its first reading
As well as many other dangers, the author notes that both the current Public Morality Act and the draft law proposing amendments violate the principle of the rule of law proclaimed in Ukraine’s Constitution.
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union call on the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech to recommend that parliament reject the draft bill on amendments to the Law on the Protection of Public Morality
During the night between 6 and 7 February Oksana Romanyuk, Ukrainian Representative of Reporters without Borders, was struck in the face while using her mobile phone to film building work near her apartment block
03.02.12 | Odessa opposition TV channel alleges raid by enforcement officers
On 2 February Special Force Berkut and Sokol officers, as well as people from the Prosecutor’s Office and Department for Fighting Organized Crime searched the offices of the television channel “Nova Odesa” [New Odessa].
If the Constitutional Court has ruled that a politician’s home is his fortress barricaded from the public by a double wall of metal and the right to privacy, there is no sense arguing. Putting the questions that are begging to be asked is much more efficient