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07.06.2012

IMI Enemies of the Press headed by Mohylyov and the Broadcasting Council

   

Antoly Mohylyov, fromer Interior Minister then promoted by the President to Head of the Crimean Parliament (Photo: UNIAN)

On 6 June, Journalist Day, the Institute for Mass Information and Independent Media Trade Union also published their Enemies of the Press in Ukraine list.  First (and worst) in the list was the former Interior Minister, Anatoly Mohylyov, while the worst offender among State organizations was the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council. The organizers would particularly note that a considerable number of the nominees for Enemy of the Press are current officials and deputies belonging to the Party of the Regions.

Former Interior Minister, Anatoly Mohylyov

Police aggressive behaviour with respect to journalists – seen during the trials of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko; and during protests outside parliament;

10 August 2011 the police beat Kharkiv journalist Denis Korniyev;

11 October 2011 Natalya Kravchuk from Korespondent was injured by a Berkut riot police officer outside the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv where the sentence was being passed down on Yulia Tymoshenko;

3 November 2011  journalists were injured during a protest outside the Verkhovna Rada.

Ihor Kolomoisky, media owner

Closure of Gazeta po-kievski in March-June 2011

Closure in July of the journal Profile and serious reductions in the television channel City in January 2012 with a lot of jobs lost

Oleksy Kostusyev, Mayor of Odessa

Destruction of media publications, restriction of access to public information

The independent TV channel “Krug” stopped being broadcast;

There was permanent conflict with a number of newspapers: Chornomorski Novyny; Yug; Vechernya Odessa; the site Vzglyad iz Odessy and the TV company Nova Odessa.

Yury Ivanyushchenko, MP (Party of the Regions)

Pressure on journalists via the law enforcement bodies and court

“It was learned that the MP’s lawyers are planning to “clean” his reputation through the use of defamation suits

20 June 2011  The Internet publication Ostrov accused the police of unlawfully seeking access to information on their servers.  The Editor Serhiy Harmash believes that this was linked with a civil suit against him by Ivanyushchenko.

Hennady Kernes, Mayor of Kharkv and Mykhailo Dobkin, Kharkiv Region Governor

Removal from air of TV ATN and two channels broadcasting its news

See: Removal from air of Kharkiv TV channels more than just business relations  and links below

Serhiy Budnyk, Senior Investigator for Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office

Several Internet publications in Donetsk received calls from Prosecutor investigators regarding material about MP Yury Ivanyushchenko (known as Yura Yehakivsky).  The person who introduced himself as Budnyk wanted to know about the motives behind publications on the Donetsk site Pro-test.

Anatoly Blyznyuk, former Donetsk Regional Governor and Minister for Regional Development

Censorship on the Internet and social networks

Blogger Mykola Sukhomlyn received threats upon publishing a picture of the Governor’s car on facebook; on 1 June his profile on facebook was deleted;

Donetsk Regional TV and Radio journalists complained that “temnyky” (instructions on what to cover and how, what to ignore) had returned  (they had disappeared after the Orange Revolution – translator).

One such temnyk is a detailed plan of the main news items which are deemed to be official events in which Blynyuk and his deputies took part.

Yury Uzdemir, Head of the Cherkasy Regional TV and Radio Broadcasting Company

Censorship on TV Ros

Inna Bohoslovska, MP (Party of the Regions)

Pressure on the media using the law enforcement agencies  see: Threats against a Deputy or against Ukrainska Pravda?

Yehor Benkendorf, Director of the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Company / UTV-1

Censorship

See State-owned UTV-1 refuses to broadcast opposition forum even for a fee

On 10 May 2012 UTV-1 presenter Natalia Rozynska refused to cover events around preparation for Euro 2012 because of the unofficial instruction to cover this only in a positive light.

Public bodies

National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council

Censorship, pressure on the media, reduction in media pluralism

Warning issued in November 2011 against TVi

Competition for frequencies placed many regional and national channels in difficulty and according to Reporters without Borders most frequencies went to channels known for their links with those in power.

Kyiv City Council

Central Department for Fighting Cybercrime and Human Trafficking of the Kyiv Police

See http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1337026221

The organizers point out that although President Yanukovych and Prime Minister Azarov are not on the list, it is they who bear personal responsibility for the reduction in freedom of speech in the country, the numerous violations of journalists’ rights.

From the report here

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