Point of No Return
On Friday evening journalists and presenters on one of the main national TV channels, “Inter” heard in a live broadcast that they personally had lied and twisted the truth about Maidan for three months, and that they too had the blood of the dead on their hands
Titushki and Bercut riot police on the attack
The regime’s deployment of “titushki” urgently needs to be clearly recorded and communicated to the international community as demonstration that calls for “all parties” to show restraint are missing the point and manifestly not enough
Journalist killed by titushki in Kyiv
Viacheslav Veremiy, journalist from the Vesti newspaper died in hospital early on Wednesday morning after being dragged out of a taxi when returning from work
Access to Channel 5 blocked
Channel 5 is going off the air throughout the country and is under a massive DDoS attack. Please pass on their YouTube address http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPPxZl43u04
Activist facing prosecution for Regions Party boycott campaign
According to Volyn Regional Council deputy Ihor Huz, Maya Moskvych, leader of the youth NGO National Alliance is facing criminal charges over her part in a campaign to boycott Party of the Regions businesses in Lutsk
On Sunday EuroMaidan activists held a flashmob with umbrellas to show solidarity with the beleaguered Russian TV channel Dozhd. Around 40 people were reported detained after a similar flashmob in Moscow on Saturday
Chornovol investigation descends into "road rage" farce
Tetyana Chornovol’s response to claims that the attack on her was due to road rage because she cut in front of somebody’s car. “ I “cut in front” of Yanukovych and will continue to do so. That is really the only reason for the attack on me.”
Court puts off appeal in case of beaten photographer Maryan Havryliv
The Lviv photographer was photographing the clashes on Hrushevsky St on Jan 22 when he was detained by Berkut riot police, together with other people. Havryliv alleges that he was taken out of the city and beaten, and only after that was he taken to the Obolon police station
136 journalists injured since the protests began
The Institute for Mass Information reports that since Nov 21 when the widespread protests in Ukraine began 136 journalists have been injured either while carrying out their work or as the result of their journalist activities.
Polish journalists come out in support of Ukrainian colleagues
We will not stand by passively watching what happens to our colleagues in Ukraine. All infringements of freedom of speech and physical and psychological violence will be registered. No smashed windows, no broken arms or intimidated families will be forgotten
Chilling Echoes: Lutsenko, Verbytsky, Portnikov
Well-known journalist and civic activist Ihor Lutsenko is alive, but badly injured after being abducted from hospital, taken to a forest outside Kyiv and beaten up. Yury Verbytsky, abducted at the same time, remains missing, while Vitaly Portnikov has left the country out of fears for his safety
Stop Censorship calls for international sanctions against high-ranking officials
“Support human rights in Ukraine through real actions. We, journalists of the Stop Censorship movement, call on you to apply sanctions against those high-ranking officials responsible for unleashing violence in Ukraine”
2013 Record-breakingly bad for freedom of speech in Ukraine
The Institute for Mass Information [IMI] reports that 2013 was the worst year for freedom in speech since they began monitoring 11 years ago.
More reports of journalists under fire
Radio Svoboda cameraman Ihor Ishakov after being detained and supposedly questioned as a witness. He and Dmytro Barkar were detained just after they videoed footage of a police officer aiming and shooting directly at them
Yanukovych’s Dangerous Blitzkrieg
It seems likely that the president has already signed into law some of the most scandalous and disastrous bills voted on through a show of hands and multiple procedural irregularities in parliament on Thursday.
Ukraine’s ruling majority slips in dangerously repressive law
A draft law “passed” in full by the ruling majority in parliament on Jan 16 criminalizes libel, labels and restricts civic associations receiving foreign grants as “foreign agents” and imposes and substantially increases liability for any forms of protest. If the president does not veto the bill, it will set Ukraine’s democracy back by years.
Personal data of critics illegally gathered to discredit them
Oksana Romanyuk, Director of the Institute for Mass Information, talks of the smear campaign which began at the beginning of September, aimed she believes at discrediting independent journalists and civic activists criticizing the regime and uncovering corruption
EuroMaidan activist assaulted in Dnipropetrovsk
Ihor Mashkevych, a Dnipropetrovsk activist who has also been helping collect humanitarian aid for the EuroMaidan in Kyiv was set upon by several assailants and is now in hospital
Chornovol believes Yanukovych ordered the attack on her
On a day that saw Health Ministry claims that Tetyana Chornovol was able to be discharged from hospital angrily refuted by the journalist and her husband, Chornovol has stated that she considers that the order for her attack came from the president.
Call to boycott TV Inter over biased coverage of EuroMaidan
The EuroMaidan Council notes with regret a sharp reduction in objectivity and freedom of speech on one of the biggest channels In Ukraine. Inter, they say, is becoming increasingly similar to “Yanukovych and Azarov’s mouthpiece” –state-owned UTV-1