The Cabinet of Ministers is proposing to remove from the current Law on the Protection of Public Morality the provision regarding the status and principles for the work of the National Expert Commission on the Protection of Public Morality
In the still secret trial of former police general, Oleksy Pukach, the prosecution of refusing to call witnesses who could shed light on the motives for Gongadze’s murder in September 200 and the identity of those who ordered the killing
The country is once again returning to confrontation mode between the media and authorities, with the main infringers of journalists’ rights most often the police and enforcement bodies. At the same time news programmes avoid mentioning protests and many other subjects.
On World Press Freedom Day 2012, Reporters Without Borders condemned the furious pace of physical attacks on news providers and reported that a total of 21 journalists, and 6 netizens and citizen journalists had been killed since the start of 2012
According to Freedom House analyst, Sylvana Habdank-Kołaczkowska Ukraine began slipping last year and is continuing to move dangerously close to the category of Not Free. She was commenting on Ukraine’s fall by 9 points in this year’s Freedom of the Press Report
The Prosecutor has started a check into the sale of the premises of the Vsesvit Publishing Company which had a visitation from unidentified individuals on Thursday which led to the 83-year-old Editor ending up in hospital
The Ukrainian Section of the International PEN-Club denounces the raid of the offices of the literary journal Vsesvit in what would seem to be the latest ugly use of criminal methods and brute force, resulting in the journal’s 83-year-old Chief Editor needing hospitalization
Former Police General Oleksy Pukach who is charged over the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze in September 2000 is claiming to the court that “he was saving Ukraine from a dangerous spy who was threatening Ukraine’s statehood”.
Monitoring regularly carried out by Telekritika shows an increase in March in the overall amount of material with bias, failure to separate fact from opinion, or important socio-political issues muffled as compared with February.
Studio Kvartal-95 has confirmed that an issue of “Vechirny Kvartal” from 7 April in which President Yanukovych’s family was mocked did not come out in print, nor was the television version broadcast on Inter. It claims, however, that this was “dictated by conditions of the editing process”
The first day of hearings took place on Thursday into the new charges against former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, who was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment over the 2009 gas accords with Russia
The State Tax Administration has posted a statement confirming that an unscheduled check is indeed being carried out of TVi. It asserts that the check is at the “lawful and mandatory demand of an investigator from the Kyiv Police Department
The General Director of TVi, Mykola Knyazhytsky has stated that his channel is facing pressure from the tax authorities and has called on the Interior Ministry and the Tax Service to deal with the situation.
On 11 April young protesters gathered outside a Donetsk court to protest against the administrative proceedings against 3 young men who pasted posters of President Yanukovych with the lines (changed from a song): “I don’t know another country whose President is a former prisoner”
Azad Safarov from TV Channel 5 lodged a complaint after Zeva elbowed him in the face and then pushed his hand with the microphone away several times very roughly when the journalist tried to find out his name and position