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05.10.2010

PACE Co-Rapporteur: Indirect forms of censorship at force in Ukraine’s media

   

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Co-Rapporteur on Ukraine, Renate Wohlwend has spoken in Strasbourg today, 5 October, of a move away from democratic standards in Ukraine.

An Ukrainska Pravda correspondent reports that Ms Wohlwend drew the Assembly’s attention to the issue of press freedom, in which she said there had been certain progress over recent years. She said however that the issue needed to be treated with great seriousness, since she believed that certain steps backwards had been taken.  She apparently mentioned the disappearance of journalists, and said that at present in Ukraine the media does not much criticize the government which she calls a step backwards.  She stressed that press freedom was the litmus test of the government’s democratic institutions, and the measure of the movement in a democratic direction.

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