Posts Tagged ‘ censorship ’

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.

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.

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 After proRussian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych took office as president in February, broadcast frequencies were withdrawn from critical outlets and extralegal harassment of journalists increased, leading to greater self-censorship

The Crime of the Communists: They Steal Lives, Flowers and Matches.

Apr 14th, 2011 | By

Since the mass demonstrations in Warsaw on April 10, I started monitoring Polish sources expecting something like our “Ukraine without Kuchma” action to start there.
I saw an amazing video. It is named “Illegal flowers”. On April 13 people  laid  yellow tulips on a pavement front of the president’s palace in memoriam of Maria Kaczynska, the wife of the killed president.

Current state of Freedom of the Press and Media in Ukraine – are changes and improvements required?

Apr 14th, 2011 | By

In the beginning of April 2011 Oxford University held the conference  “Ukraine’s Domestic and Foreign Affairs: Quo Vadis?” The Chariman of Kyiv Independent Media Trade Union Yuriy Lukanov was one of keynote speakers. Here is his speech.

Recently the Ukrainian government opened criminal persecution against the former President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. He is accused of abuse of authority, which lead to the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.