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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.

Chief Editor in UNIAN dispute leaves

OBKOM has reported that the Chief Editor of the UNIAN news agency, Oleksandr Kharchenko, whose transfer led to protest from colleagues, accusations of censorship and an apparent compromise from the management is still leaving UNIAN

Timothy Snyder threatens legal action against Ukrainian MP

28.05.12 | www.unian.net
Renowned historian and Yale Professor, Timothy Snyder has reacted angrily to what he considers a flagrant violation of his authors’ rights by Party of the Regions MP Vadim Kolisnichenko. He is demanding an apology and that all printed copies of the book be destroyed.

Beaten Ukrainian gay activist unbowed

25.05.12 | www.rferl.org
Gay rights are first and foremost human rights, Svyatoslav Sheremet says. Without even mentioning his beating, he says it was disappointing that the pride march had to be canceled.

Open letter to Igor Kolomoyskyi about UNIAN

24.05.12 | en.rsf.org
Reporters Without Borders has written to the President of the Glavred Media Holding Igor Kolomoysky expressing their concern over allegations of censorship within UNIAN, the news agency he owns

First-ever Kyiv pride cancelled in face of ultra-right threat

22.05.12 | www.amnesty.org
The Ukrainian authorities should take action to protect the rights of LGBT people and ensure they are able to exercise their human rights without fear of attacks, Amnesty International has stated after the first-ever pride parade had to be cancelled on Sunday

Apparent compromise in the UNIAN dispute

The Chief Editor of the UNIAN information agency, Oleksandr Kharchenko whose removal from the post last week led to protest from UNIAN staff and accusations of censorship, is to be appointed president of the agency

Parliamentary Committee approves law banning „propaganda of homosexuality”

Despite a negative opinion from parliamentary experts, a majority of members of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech voted on 16 May to recommend that a draft bill which would outlaw “propagandizing homosexuality” be passed as a base and refined for its second reading

Conflict and allegations of censorship in UNIAN information agency

The staff of the UNIAN information agency are demanding the reinstatement of Chief Editor Oleksandr Kharchenko and speak of cases of censorship by the new management.