The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland urges Ukraine’s “parliament to reject this attempt to stifle media freedom, which is an essential precondition for a functioning democracy”
The civic movement Stop Censorship believes the draft law criminalizing defamation, passed on Tuesday in its first reading, is a threat to journalists, bloggers, activists and users of social networks and forums who merely comment on the news
Ukraine will go back 11 years if defamation’s re-inclusion in the criminal code is confirmed, Reporters Without Borders says. "It would run counter to the worldwide trend and would clearly violate the international conventions Ukraine has ratified
The draft law tabled by Party of the Regions MP Vitaly Zhuravsky on re-introducing criminal liability for defamation and circulating false information has been adopted in its first reading by Ukraine’s parliament
The Cabinet of Ministers has issued a Directive to the Security Service, the State Broadcasting Committee and other bodies on measures, including media coverage, against terrorism, calls to overthrow the constitutional order, disturbing the peace …
Journalists have threatened to leave the Inter-departmental Working Group if the guard who obstructed and used force against peaceful protesters at the World Newspaper Congress in Kyiv on 3 September is not identified
On Sunday evening people gathered to remember Georgy Gongadze and other Ukrainian journalists killed. They lit candles which burned in boxes with the names of the journalists. These were burned at the end symbolizing a funeral pyre for freedom of speech in Ukraine.
A few years ago the most striking illustration of the problems of Ukraine’s justice system was the Gongadze case however now there are a lot of other cases which also demonstrate a power elite controlling the justice system and the law enforcement
Valentina Telychenko, the lawyer representing Myroslava Gongadze, widow of the murdered journalist, is asking the court to bring back for further questioning a number of prosecution witnesses in the Pukach trial
Stop Censorship is looking for the person who on 3 September during the address by President Yanukovych to the World Newspaper Congress ripped placards calling for freedom of speech from the hands of Ukrainian journalists and used force against them
The Head of the Broadcasting Council claims that no checks are possible during the election period. Most observers both within Ukraine and abroad believe the present actions against TVi are aimed at silencing its critical voice as the elections approach
According to Mykola Knyzhytsky, TVi General Director, the Minister of the Economy, Petro Poroshenko has cancelled the sanctions announced on Wednesday against the beleaguered independent TV channel TVi.
On 12 September the independent television channel lost its appeal against the results of the check carried out by the State Tax Administration. The Administrative Court of Appeal thus revoked the ruling of the first instance court which had been in TVi’s favour
The Democratic Initiatives Foundation believes there is little doubt that the actions against TVi by cable operators are prompted by pressure from the authorities trying to deprive Ukrainian TV viewers access to objective and balanced information on the eve of the parliamentary elections.