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Criminal proceedings against another independent media publication

19.07.12
The independent and often hard-hitting website LB.ua has closed access to its material, giving only photos of those it sees responsible for persecution following the Prosecutor’s decision to initiate criminal proceedings over alleged infringement of MP Landik’s privacy

Journalist leaves Crimean State Radio over alleged censorship

19.07.12
Anna Petrova, author of the Ukrainian language radio programme “Two Colours” has handed in her resignation after the removal from air of the 13 July programme which was about a banned protest in defence of the Ukrainian language.

Independent TV channel’s director fears another prosecution may be planned

Mykola Knyazhytsky, Director of the independent TV channel TÌi gives details about the tax charges and serious infringements by the tax investigator, including the fact that his medical records have been sought without his consent

Committee of Voters journalist refused accreditation for Party of the Regions conference

16.07.12 | www.cvu.org.ua
Dementiy Bily, member of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] and Editor of the Kherson CVU newspaper Vilny Vybir [Free Choice] was on 13 July refused accreditation to cover the Kherson regional Party of the Regions conference.

Measures against independent TV channel and against fair elections

13.07.12 | Halya Coynash | www.blogs.telekritika.ua
Less than 4 months before parliamentary elections, the tax police have descended heavily on TVi, one of the last TV channels willing to broadcast views critical of the government

Prosecutor checking attack by police officer on Odessa journalist

13.07.12
If the report by the journalist Oleksandr Horodilov’s website is correct and there are some 20 witnesses of the event, the Prosecutor’s initial statement seems worryingly inaccurate

Tax police descend on independent TVi channel

12.07.12
Tax police are at TVi with a court order to remove documents and a criminal case has been initiated over alleged tax evasion. Mykola Knyazhytsky says that they have already won a court case over the money in question and view this as another attack on freedom of speech.

Prosecutor sees no grounds for suspending investigator over forced confession

12.07.12
An investigation already stopped once, is now continuing again into how journalist Maxim Kasyanov was forced into “confessing” to an attempt on the Governor of the Donetsk Region

Widely condemned Personal Data Protection Bill gains fangs

11.07.12
From 1 July 2012 stiff penalties can be imposed for violation of a law condemned by media and human rights organizations, not least because of the enormous scope it provides for abuse.

Dangerous attack on Committee of Voters journalist

11.07.12 | www.cvu.org.ua
Anatoly Tiora, correspondent of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] Odessa regional publication IzbirKom, believes that the two men who hurled four Molotov cocktails at his home in Kotovsk planned to burn the house down, together with its inhabitants

Businessmen buy media publications purely to improve their image

11.07.12 | www.unian.ua
According to the Head of Ukraine’s National Union of Journalists sees a major problem in Ukraine being the fact that businesspeople see their media interests as solely for political influence and lobbying

Zaporizhya: Protest in support of beleaguered newspaper Subbota Plus

07.07.12
Around 100 local journalists and readers of Subbota Plus [Saturday Plus] protested against censorship and pressure on the publication

Cassation appeal against ban on peaceful gathering near Mezhyhirya

The Media Law Institute has lodged a cassation appeal over the ban imposed on the Stop Censorship movement’s plan to hold a peaceful gathering near the President’s controversial residence at Mezhyhirya

Investigation into forced “confession” by journalist Maxim Kasyanov

06.07.12
An Independent Media Union committee has spent time in Donetsk investigating the circumstances around the “confession” given by journalist Maxim Kasyanov to an attack on the head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, Andriy Shyshatsky

Chief Editor of LB.ua leaves Ukraine over threat of criminal proceedings

03.07.12
Sonya Koshkina, Chief Editor of the Internet publication Levy Bereg [lb.ua] has left Ukraine following attempts by Volodymyr Landik, Party of the Regions MP to get criminal proceedings initiated against LB journalists

Press Freedom: An Own Goal for Ukraine

03.07.12 | www.wan-ifra.org
A report entitled "Make freedom of expression a reality, Mr President" outlines the findings of a research mission in April that found serious corruption issues and other problems and recommends steps to improve freedom of expression in the country.

Proposed laws discriminate against LGBTI people and violate children’s rights

02.07.12 | www.amnesty.org
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are calling on the Verkhovna Rada to reject two draft laws which would directly contravene Ukraine’s obligations to protect the right to non-discrimination, including on the ground of sexual orientation and other rights

Gongadze Murder: Withdrawal of charges against Kuchma upheld

27.06.12
On 26 June the High Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases rejected the cassation appeal against the withdrawal of criminal charges against former President Kuchma in connection with Georgy Gongadze’s murder

Parliamentary committee wants explanation about SBU surveillance of journalist

26.06.12
The Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech has promised that Ukrainska Pravda’s allegations of harassment by the Security Service will be considered at the Committee’s next meeting

Donetsk authorities get 1 out of 5 for openness

25.06.12 | www.imi.org.ua
Interview given by Oleksy Matsuka, Chief Editor of the Internet publication Novosti Donbassa and victim of an arson attack in July 2011 which the police are making no effort to investigate

  

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