Short summary of monitoring of civil freedoms in Ukraine – freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of information.
Freedom of Speech
It is vital that the international community makes it clear that fair and democratic elections must include full respect for freedom of speech and access to all information, including that critical of the government.
Preserving UNIAN’s independence will be seen by the public and by your Ukrainian and international partners as evidence of respect for freedom of expression and of confident management.
This question is raised in the Guardian newspaper this week by writer Marcel Theroux who draws our attention to the plight of Ukraine’s street children and the HIV epidemic which infects at least one in ten of them. I believe I can answer his question by first pointing out what was said 4 years ago,…
February 8 2012 the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information had discussed the amendments to the law “On protection of public morality”. After the discussion the Committee had rejected the amendments to the law
On January 23, 2012 two policemen approached writer Yuri Vynnychuk at his home in the Western Ukrainian city of L’viv and demanded from him a written explanation of the poems he had presented a few months earlier in Kyiv at the “Night of Erotic Poetry” festival.
The Ukrainian PEN-Center calls on the Ukrainian national authorities to stop political persecution in the country and abstain from infringing on freedom of speech and interfering in literary and artistic activity. We call on Ukrainian writers and artists as well as on our international colleagues to join our protest.
2011 in figures:
66 journalists killed (16% more than in 2010)
1,044 journalists arrested
1,959 journalists physically attacked or threatened
Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the avalanche of arbitrary censorship measures that Russia’s federal and local authorities have been adopting ahead of the 4 December parliamentary elections and the presidential elections scheduled for 4 March.
Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to share with you its concern about Bill No. 7132 proposing amendments to the Protection of Public Decency Law.