Valentina Telychenko, the lawyer representing Myroslava Gongadze, widow of the murdered journalist, is asking the court to bring back for further questioning a number of prosecution witnesses in the Pukach trial
Stop Censorship is looking for the person who on 3 September during the address by President Yanukovych to the World Newspaper Congress ripped placards calling for freedom of speech from the hands of Ukrainian journalists and used force against them
The Head of the Broadcasting Council claims that no checks are possible during the election period. Most observers both within Ukraine and abroad believe the present actions against TVi are aimed at silencing its critical voice as the elections approach
According to Mykola Knyzhytsky, TVi General Director, the Minister of the Economy, Petro Poroshenko has cancelled the sanctions announced on Wednesday against the beleaguered independent TV channel TVi.
On 12 September the independent television channel lost its appeal against the results of the check carried out by the State Tax Administration. The Administrative Court of Appeal thus revoked the ruling of the first instance court which had been in TVi’s favour
The Democratic Initiatives Foundation believes there is little doubt that the actions against TVi by cable operators are prompted by pressure from the authorities trying to deprive Ukrainian TV viewers access to objective and balanced information on the eve of the parliamentary elections.
Despite the ban on checks during the election campaign, the tax police have demanded documents to verify expenses from the Lutsk newspaper “Khronikla Lyubarta” and threatened to carry out an unscheduled check in the editorial offices of the newspaper.
Measures which remove access to TVi’s hard-hitting coverage of events in the country are so clearly aimed at limiting voters’ ability to make an informed judgement in the October parliamentary elections that unequivocal response from all those following these elections is needed now
Reporters Without Borders reiterates its concern at the constant harassment of the privately-owned national television station TVi. Despite the dropping of tax evasion charges against its chief executive, the station is under greater threat than ever.
Oksana Romanyuk, representative of Reporters without Borders in Ukraine is dismissive of claims by Denis Ivanescu from the President’s Administration that the movement Stop Censorship is ignoring a supposed improvement in the situation with freedom of speech in Ukraine
The civic movement Stop Censorship has addressed a letter to the President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers over attempts by security guards to wrench placards from journalists staging an entirely peaceful protest
The Head of the Democratic Initiatives Foundations says that Ukraine’s TV viewers are influenced by TV channels under the control of the authorities, this therefore influencing the results of the election and state policy.
The following is an appeal open for endorsement to members of the international community, especially journalists presently in Kyiv. It is also a demand to the Ukrainian authorities to stop the systematic destruction of the independent TV channel TVi