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Memorandum on standards of coverage of election campaign

29.09.12
Internews Ukraine and the Institute for the Development of the Regional Press have drawn up a Memorandum on Standards of Coverage of the Election Campaign and invite other journalists to join them

Money Programme journalist attacked

On 26 September two assailants beat up journalist from the TV programme “Hroshi” [Money] on 1 + 1, Dmytro Volkov

Journal Ukrainsky Tyzhden accuses the authorities of pressure

28.09.12
The Ukrainian language journal Ukrainsky Tyzhden [Ukrainian Week] accuses the Ukrainian authorities of restricting its access to readers. It has issued a statement saying that it is being pushed out of the market because of its criticism of the government.

Cabinet of Ministers “fights terrorism” to intimidate the media

28.09.12
"The fact that such a directive appeared without public discussion and without, let’s be open about it, an overt terrorist threat for Ukraine, makes one wary"

Libel law clearly only on hold

27.09.12
As those in government were doubtless aware, Zhuravsky cannot simply “withdraw” a bill which has passed its first reading. Nor is there any sign that the Party of the Regions has given up the idea of recriminalizing defamation

Party of the Regions: Libel law withdrawn

Following the first day of a nationwide protest against a draft law which would recriminalize libel, and international condemnation of the move, the Party of the Regions MP who tabled it has announced he is recalling the bill

Media experts call libel law an attempt to reintroduce mechanisms for repression

26.09.12 | gazeta.ua
It’s a very simply opportunity to initiate criminal proceedings, remove Internet publications’ servers, arrest people, imprison them and leave them with a criminal conviction, prohibit them from engaging in professional activities. You couldn’t imagine a worse law”.

SAY NO TO THE LIBEL LAW!

25.09.12
Ukrainian media organizations have launched a campaign against the new draft law aiming to recriminalize libel with a black banner going up on a number of websites, including the Kyiv Post, Ukrainska Pravda, Korrespondent, Segodnya.ua, LigaBusinessInform, UkraNews,Telekritika and others

Public help TVi to pay off tax authorities

25.09.12
TV Channel TVi has paid the tax authorities almost 4.1 million UAH although, as the channel’s statement stresses, it does not recognize any debt and considers it to be unlawful.

Local newspapers refusing to print opposition candidates

The latest examples are not the first where State-owned or municipal newspapers refuse or simply fail to obey the law by publishing advertising from all candidates, not just those from the party in power

More infringements of journalists’ rights as elections approach

The Institute for Mass Information’s monthly monitoring demonstrates a sharp increase in infringements of journalists’ rights and law suits against media publications and individual journalists.

Appeal Court finds in TVi’s favour in earlier dispute with Broadcasting Council

24.09.12
On 20 September the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal upheld the first instance court ruling which revoked a decision by the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council to issue the independent TV channel TVi with a warning

Re-criminalising defamation in Ukraine would be a step backwards

24.09.12 | www.coe.int
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”

Ukrainian PEN Centre condemns draft bill criminalizing defamation

22.09.12
It calls this an attempt to reinstate one of the shameful provisions of Soviet legislation which was traditionally used by the regime to stifle dissident thinking and against political opponents

Broadcasting Council also opposes criminalization of defamation law

21.09.12
It joins a significant number of Ukrainian and international bodies which have expressed concern over a seriously retrograde move

Stop Censorship: Defamation Law would set the path for political repression

20.09.12
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 plans to re-criminalize defamation a ‘setback’, warns OSCE media freedom representative

20.09.12 | www.osce.org
Criminalizing speech in a modern democracy means stifling debate and protecting public officials from criticism, and can only lead to self-censorship on the part of the media

Threat to freedom of information from plan to recriminalize defamation

20.09.12 | en.rsf.org
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

Parliament takes first backward step to criminalizing defamation

19.09.12
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

Government steps up measures against “actions which threaten public order”

18.09.12 | www.kmu.gov.ua
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 …

  

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