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
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
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”
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.