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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

Ukrainska Pravda accuses SBU of harassing one of its journalists

The Chief Editor of Ukrainska Pravda has accused Ukraine’s Security Service of using surveillance, phone tapping and intimidation against a journalist who tried to find out more about the Dnipropetrovsk bombing arrests

Journalist “confesses” under pressure to attack on Donetsk Governor

Donetsk journalist Maxim Kasyanov has confirmed that he “confessed” to an attack on the head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, Andriy Shyshatsky under serious pressure from a Prosecutor’s Office investigator

Parliament rejects new law on public morality

The Verkhovna Rada on Thursday voted to withdraw from consideration a draft Law on the Protection of Public Morality. The draft bill had been criticized by media and civic organizations.

Journalist Union concerned about dismissal of Editor prior to the elections

21.06.12 | monitor.cn.ua
The Chernihiv Regional Branch of the National Union of Journalists has issued a statement over the intention of the Chernihiv District Council and Chernihiv District State Administration to appoint a new Editor of the municipal newspaper “Nash Krai”

Media Union demands dismissal of TV Crimea Acting Head

The Independent Media Union considers that the Acting General Director of the channel Valery Humenyuk is entirely unsuited for his position given the measures of censorship and police methods he has imposed on the editorial team.

Anti-terror decree – beginning of terror for human rights?

16.06.12 | Roman Kuybida | www.pravda.com.ua
The Deputy Director of the Central of Political and Legal Reform has analyzed the latest presidential decree and National Defence and Security Council Decision and says that the subject of terrorism is being hyped up as a pretext for further encroachments on human rights

Fighting terrorism or pluralism?

15.06.12 | Halya Coynash | www.telekritika.ua
There are disturbing echoes in a recent National Defence and Security Council Decision of the so-called fight against extremism in neighbouring Russia where the terms “terrorism” and “extremism” are used in a dangerously imprecise and loose manner.

Presidential Decree on “heightening measures against terrorism”

Judging by the following President’s Decree and Decision of the National Defence and Security Council Ukraine’s leaders may be planning measures against what they call extremism, radicalism etc, similar to those already seen in Russia

Interior Minister wants to “regulate” access to the Internet

15.06.12 | tyzhden.ua
The Interior Minister Valery Zakharchenko has proposed a legislative initiative to the Cabinet of Ministers which would “regulate the possibility of access to information on the Internet”.

Crimean Tatars demand broadcasting time

13 journalists from the Crimean Tatar programme on the State-owned TV Channel “Krym” [Crimea] have issued a statement demanding increased broadcasting time, improved technical facilities as well as an end to pressure on journalists

TV Crimea – News removed because of Yanukovych?

Shevket Ganiev, journalist from the Crimean State-owned TV Channel “Krym” asserts that a repeat of the programme “Khaberler”, news in the Crimean Tatar language, was removed from air on 7 June because it didn’t give coverage to the President.

Ukrainian journalist granted asylum in Lithuania

In March this year Andriy Shariy asked for political asylum in Lithuania, asserting that he was facing persecution by law enforcement bodies in Ukraine in connection with his journalist work.

Parliament Committee calls for police guard of Road Control journalist

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech is to ask the Interior Minister to provide a guard for Rostyslav Shaposhnykov, one of the owners of the website Dorozhny Kontrol which monitors the work of the traffic police and breaches of drivers’ rights

Jornalists draw up a Corruption Map

They wish to draw the attention of the authorities and the public to the fact that none of the journalist investigations lead to any appropriate response from those in power.

Court again protects Yanukovych from journalists

For the second year running, a court has banned a totally peaceful gathering by the civic movment Stop Censorship in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near the President’s reputedly sumptuous residence at Mezhyhirya.

IMI Enemies of the Press headed by Mohylyov and the Broadcasting Council

07.06.12 | www.imi.org.ua
The Institute for Mass Information and Independent Media Trade Union have also published their Enemies of the Press in Ukraine list. First (and worst) was the former Interior Minister, Anatoly Mohylyov, while the worst offender among State organizations was the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council

Journalists name “Enemies of the Press – 2011”

Ukraine’s National Union of Journalists has for the fifth year running marked Journalist Day by publishing their list of public officials whose actions most obstructed journalists in their work in 2011.

Cassation appeal against withdrawal of charges against Kuchma adjourned

The case was terminated after the Constitutional Court issued a judgement effectively making it impossible to use Mykola Melnychenko’s tapes as evidence

Slovyansk opposition newspaper alleges pressure from Mayor and police

30.05.12 | www.imi.org.ua
Staff members of the opposition newspaper “Panorama Tyzhnya” [“Weekly Panorama”] in Slovyansk (the Donetsk region) have complained of pressure from the Mayor of Slovyansk Nelya Shteli and the local police.