Stop Censorship and a number of Ukrainian media associations have issued a joint statement regarding freedom of speech in 2011. They report an increase in censorship and the number of cases where journalists have been obstructed in their work
The ruling comes nearly two weeks after the same Pechersky District Court r quashed the criminal proceedings against Leonid Kuchma over the murder of Georgy Gongadze, because the tapes made by Melnychenko are no longer deemed admissible evidence
The Independent Media Trade Union believes that the decision by TV 1 – 1’s management to remove Oleh Deineka from his role as presenter of the Money programme is in breach of the law and raises suspicions of censorship
On 20 December the Verkhovna Rada adopted as a base Resolution ¹ 9311 on ensuring the unimpeded activities of the media during the 2012 election campaign. In September a similar move was torpedoed by the Party of the Regions and Communists
Ms Gongadze’s lawyer has lodged an appeal against the decision of the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv on 14 December which quashed the criminal proceedings against former Presidentt Kuchma in connection with Georgy Gongadze’s murder.
The Minister of Internal Affairss has created a working group which by 20 January should draw up practical recommendations on police interaction with the media. They are, however, recommendations, not instructions, and therefore not binding
15 members of the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolution and the Black Committee were detained on Monday outside the President’s Administration during a demonstration in favour of European integration
The Prosecutor General’s website reports that it has lodged an appeal against the ruling on 14 December 2012 which quashed the criminal proceedings against former Presidentt Kuchma in connection with the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze.
Representatives of Ukraine’s Journalist Ethics Commission and Reporters without Borders have commented on the events on 8 December when the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration gave journalists an IPod Touch, two memory drives, a leather bag and selection of souvenirs each
Lawyers representing Myroslava Gongadze will be appealing against the ruling by the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv on Wednesday which effectively stopped any prosecution of former President Kuchma on complicity in Georgy Gongadze’s murder
The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has ruled that the criminal proceedings initiated against former President Kuchma over alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze were unfounded
While against the new version of the Morality Act, the Public Committee attached to the State TV and Radio Broadcasting Committee proposes changes to legislation especially to protect children, these including preventing access to unsuitable programmes
Journalists from the newspaper Segodnya [Today] which belongs to Rinat Akhmetov accuse the new Director Olena Hromnytska of trying to censor the content on the Internet site and the printed version of the paper and of publishing commissioned articles
The Commission on Journalist Ethics has issued a statement supporting the protests from civic and journalist organizations against the creation of a National Commission for the Protection of Public Morality as a State body
With the television news avoiding mention of mass protests over electoral infringements, Stanislav Kucher writes: “You can throw out all the “Teffi” awards that you received for “the best news programmes”. During these days you are shaming yourself and your profession”.
The website Left Shore LB.ua, reports that Dream Line Holding, whose server the website uses has been asked by the police to provide “full details about the legal entity or individual” in whose name the website LB.ua is registered.
The President’s latest draft law proposing a “counterintelligence unit for protecting the interests of the State in the sphere of information security” is dangerously similar to practice already seen among Ukraine’s post-Soviet neighbours, most notoriously, Belarus