Kost Kovalenko who writes for the information agency HolosUA and other publications has reported being beaten up in Berdychev where he was investigating voter-buying in No. 63 single-mandate electoral district
The Verkhovna Rada Office has asked the Committee on Freedom of Speech to consider whether two journalists from Ukrainska Pravda should be admitted to parliamentary sessions after the elections after their entirely peaceful protest agaiinst the libel law
Anton Yatsenko, Party of the Regions MP and parliamentary candidate is enraged by Artem Shevchenko’s posting saying that his sources link Yatsenko with an accident in which a person died. It transpired that Yatsenko’s sister was driving and the journalist has apologized
Roman Kabachiy from the Institute for Mass Information writes that the discussion the bill has arrived has highlighted four key questions: why it has appeared at all, why now, who it’s convenient for and what we should expect
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.
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
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