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
While attending the Ukrainian Journalists’ March against Impunity, Vasyl Demyaniv, Editor of the Kolomiya Herald, informed that the case involving the attack on him, which he links to his professional activities, has been sent back to the court for re-examination
The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has adjourned hearings into the case against former MIA General Oleksy Pukach who is charged in connection with the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze in September 2000
The court has found that Kherson businessman, Viktor Shevchuk did indeed inflict grievous assault on Dementiy Bily, journalist and human rights activist, during the Mayor’s report on his activities to the selected few in September 2010.
On the first International Day against Impunity, ARTICLE 19 called on the authorities of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia to adopt all necessary political and legal measures to protect journalists and defend the right to freedom of expression, in accordance with their international obligations
The channel’s General Director reports that over the last 10 days there have been two attacks on the channel’s journalists, and said that the police response had been extremely passive, with no criminal investigation launched
"If it is passed it will not promote the safeguarding of freedom of speech in Ukraine. The unclear and abstract legislative definitions in the morality sphere will create the preconditions for the return in Ukraine of censorship and possibility of pressure on the media"
The Justice Ministry has responded to an appeal from NGOs asking that all that was needed be done to expedite submission of a draft law on dissolving the National Expert Commission on the Protection of Public Morality.
The Kyiv Police justified their call for a ban jnot only on the “high likelihood of confrontation” between different organizations, but also conflict between those gathered and police units “which could lead to a sharp escalation of the political situation”.
Tolerance cannot be expected when the State-owned television channel distorts or conceals information of vital importance and even the Head of the European Commission in Ukraine is stopped from explaining their position to Ukrainian viewers
In his article “Viktor Yanukovych’s Press Pool – at the Taxpayers’ Expense”, Serhiy Leshchenko reports that President Yanukovych is accompanied on his travels by representatives of the same - loyal - TV channels and publications
The present regime balks at no means for consolidating its power, while given the appropriate instructions from above, any draft law will receive the necessary number of votes. This is why vociferous protest is vital over proposed amendments to the Morality Act. Yet for those very same reasons it would be dangerous to concentrate only on fighting this one law
The appeal against the ban on a picket outside the President’s reportedly sumptuous residence Mezhyhirya on 6 June 2011 was rejected without the claimant being informed of the hearing at all. The peaceful picket had been planned to remind the President of his promise made a year earlier to show the residence to journalists
In October more than two thirds of the time spent covering political events on Ukrainian TV channels was devoted to those in power, a survey carried out by the Ukrainian Press Academy and Academy of Science’ Institute of Sociology has found
In a Gallup survey assessing how people in particular countries view the situation with freedom of speech, 39% of Ukrainian respondents believed that journalists in their country do not have a lot of freedom, while only 43% regard the media in Ukraine as free
The Union is convinced that the amendments, passed in their first reading on 18 October, “will inevitably result in the reinstatement of totalitarian control over the outlook of Ukrainian citizens and impede free thinking
31.10.11 | Broadcasting Council also against draft Morality Act
It is convinced that the rules and sanctions in the draft law which, incidentally, has no equivalent in any European country, go against the practice of law creation in democratic countries and could lead to cases of censorship in the Ukrainian media