Freedom of Speech

European Journalists Warn of Threat to Press Freedom in Ukraine ahead of Key Debate on Protection of ‘Public Morals’ Bill

Oct 27th, 2011 | By

“This draft legislation leaves press freedom in the balance and suggests that Ukrainian authorities are pursuing less than high minded intentions of gagging media,” added Jim Boumelha, IFJ President. “We urge Parliament to strike this bill out and work with the media in exposing prejudice and hatred. Journalists should be left to police their profession through self -regulation and existing civil laws can address any press offences.”

New Ukrainian Law Could Block Any Site Including Facebook or Youtube

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

October 18 2011 Ukrainian Parliament adopted at first reading the amendments to the Law “On protection of public morality”The law that deals with porn, erotic, hate speech, violence, explicit words, however it is written the way that whatever could be considered erotic, hate speech or explicit words, especially on the Internet.

An Open Letter to the President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych, from the group of ATN TV Company

Sep 17th, 2011 | By

Since all of the above mentioned concerns the most valuable achievement of a democratic society – freedom of speech – the group of ATN Company, which consists of more than 70 employees, is asking you to intervene in the situation, to consider and take action in the mentioned case, to ensure a complete, thorough and accurate review of all the circumstances, in order to bring all perpetrators to justice as well as to prevent the destruction of local TV channels and the resultant infringement on freedom of speech in Kharkiv.

Journalist from Donetsk Oleksiy Matsuka had narrowly escaped death

Jul 31st, 2011 | By
Oleksiy Matsuka

Someone had barricaded the door of the apartment of journalist Oleksiy Matsuka and set it on fire. Had he been inside he would be burnt alive. Arsonist had left the memorial wreath with an inscription: “To Oleksiy from grieving friends”.

Ukrainian Government Wants to Make Money on Bloggers?

Jul 16th, 2011 | By

More than a year ago Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine submitted draft of a law on state registration of information agencies. The draft proposes penalties for unregistered information agencies. While the effective law regulating information agencies defines its subject as any entity that “collects, processes, creates, stores, prepares information for distribution, produces and distributes informational products”.

Ukrainian reporters’ movement “Stop Censorship” expresses concerns over arrests of Georgian colleagues

Jul 13th, 2011 | By

We urge the Georgian authorities to set a good example for neighboring countries in the region and stick to their chosen course of developing democracy. It is impossible to achieve without fair courts and free media.

In Russia court ordered to destroy computer as a tool of crime – libelous text in a blog

Jun 13th, 2011 | By

The court of Soviet district of Kazan city finished the case about the blog posts on 2009 where ex-employee of local ombudsman accused him of financial affairs with office salaries. The defendant 43 old lawyer Yuri Egorov wrote in his blog that 400.000-600.000 rubles of salaries annually were not paid to employees and instead were paid as bonuses to ombudsman’s Rashit Vagizov favorites.

In Odesa policeman attacked journalist and tried to delete video

Jun 10th, 2011 | By

Julia who works at information agency “Poryad z vamy” accidentally witnessed how policemen detain a man laying on tram rails and shouting aloud and filmed the scene on her camera phone.

Facebook shuts down account of opposition civil journalist

Jun 3rd, 2011 | By
Publication in "Ukrainska Pravda" that triggered the threats

June 1st started receiving inquiries about the disappearance of Mykola Sukhomlyn’s Facebook account. Ukrainian Facebook users were already familiar with Mykola’s ubiquitous jokes about Ukrainian politicians, so they were disappointed when his profile went down. We hoped that these were technical glitches. But this turned out to be not the case.

Freedom House: Ukraine saw an erosion of media freedom

May 2nd, 2011 | By

Ukraine, which has consistently been one of the best performers in its subregion in recent years, also saw an erosion of media freedom, falling from 53 to 56 points. After proRussian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych took office as president in February, broadcast frequencies were withdrawn from critical outlets and extralegal harassment of journalists increased, leading to greater self-censorship