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.
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
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.
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
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
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