On 27 February, the day of the latest scheduled hearing in the trial of former Police General Oleksy Pukach, a number of journalist organizations registered their statement asking that the trial be open
The Donetsk authorities have drawn up an Information Policy Strategy for the region which they say is aimed at changing the negative image of the region. Local journalists consider it an instrument for increasing censorship on the media
“It so happens that most of the audience, most of the voters don’t have the opportunity to hear authoritative voices. They listen to those who manipulate public opinion. There’s no journalism in this. It’s a game and I don’t want to play” - prominent journalist, Mustafa Nayem
“Court cases; summons to the investigators; threats; storming of premises; pressure on relatives – these are aspects of the reality staff of media outlets not under the control of the authorities and independent journalists in the Odessa region are encountering more and more often”.
In its Report on Attacks on the Press in 2011, the Committee to Protect Journalists writes that Ukraine’s government failed to deliver on President Yanukovych’s promises toinvestigate official harassment of news media and ensure justice in the 2000 murder of online journalist Georgy Gongadze.
Letter sent to the Management of Euronews on 16 February giving some of the many examples of discrepancies between the language versions of Euronews showing that information is being muffled or distorted in the Ukrainian version
There is a considerable difference between the Ukrainian version of Euronews and UTV-1 however, as feared, the same trend can be send of softening criticism of those in power, muffling or distorting information which could cause them embarrassment
Since the closure of the exhibition “ The Ukrainian Body» which was accused of promoting pornography, discussion has been raging over whether this is censorship, a lack of understanding of art or a justified action
The Desnyansky District Court in Kyiv has cancelled its order from 10 February temporarily closing the website of Dorozhny Kontrol (http://www.roadcontrol.org.ua/)) which monitors the work of the traffic police and breaches of drivers’ rights
On Thursday Stop Censorship expressed its condemnation of the court ruling closing the website “Dorozhny Kontrol”. Giiven the concern that such an order could have been issued, we post the statement although the order was later revoked
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