Only 20% of the political news on TVi in May was presented from several points of view, as opposed to 44% in April, with an unprecedented reduction in balance on TVi, up till 23 April seen as the most independent TV channel in Ukraine
Students and public sector workers complain that they are being forced to take part in political meetings. This, according to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] can only be considered use of administrative resource
On Journalist Day the Institute of Mass Information and Independent Media Trade Union published their list of Press Enemies. With the Prime Minister and President top enemies, the Interior Minister and Prosecutor General were not far behind, as well as Mykola Knyazhytsky for his position recently over the seizure of TVi
On the eve of Journalist Day, 6 June, human rights organizations have issued a statement expressing concern over the escalating assault on freedom of expression and reduction of other fundamental freedoms in Ukraine.
The results of surveys carried out by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and Razumkov Centre on the eve of Journalist Day make grim reading – both for those in power, and all concerned with freedom of speech in Ukraine
The Newspaper Kommersant Ukraine reports that the Kyiv Police took very modest disciplinary measures against 15 police officers over inaction on 18 May, including when a woman journalist and photographer were attacked by thugs while the police looked on
The government can’t get anything right. On Wednesday Prime Minister Azarov threw out women journalists trying through a totally peaceful protest to remind him that it could be his wife or daughter who gets attracked with the police watching on and doing nothing, as happened with their colleague Olha Snitsarchuk
With journalist Olha Snitsarchuk able to identify her assailant on Saturday and explain exactly how the police simply watched, despite repeated calls for help, Interior Minister Zakharchenko could not come out looking good. He did not need to make himself and the police look even worse.
“Any further delay in investigating the attackers, at least some of whom are apparently known to the authorities, is an abandonment of the authorities’ responsibility to ensure the safe and unhindered work of journalists and contributes to impunity of those who attack them.”
Over 150 journalists held a protest on Monday following the attack on Olha Snitsarchuk and Vladyslav Sodel on Saturday by so-called antifascists öðøñð took place in full view of police officers who did not intervene despite being asked for help (and clearly needing it).
In full view of the police Olha Snitsarchuk from TV Channel 5 and Vladyslav Sodel a Kommersant Ukraine photographer were beaten by unidentified louts. The police did not intervene despite being asked for protection several times by the journalists.
On 3 May 2013, Press Freedom Day, Ukraine came in for some well-earned and damning criticism and the US Helsinki Commission called for a proper investigation into the murder of Volodymyr Honcharenko, well-known environmentalist and editor of an environmental newspaper.