New form of censorship in Kharkiv
The Kharkiv City Council has revoked the accreditation for journalist from “Komersant – Ukraina” Maria Spalek. The reason given is that the journalist “has been persistently misinforming people in Ukraine about the reform of housing and communal services in Kharkiv”.
Parliament votes for a law on transparency about media owners
The draft law proposes that when submitting documents to receive or extend broadcasting licenses to the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council, information will have to be provided about the founders, co-founders, owners and joint owners of the media outlet.
Committee to protect journalists” believes that Ukraine is losing the achievements of the Orange Revolution in the area of press freedom.
As a result of the political battle after the parliamentary elections of 2006, signs have become more noticeable of a return to repressive tactics in the attitude to the mass media.
Press freedom in Ukraine reduced last year after the achievements of the Orange Revolution
This is the verdict given in the 2006 Reporters without Borders report: “The greater press freedom achieved in 2005 was reduced by physical attacks on journalists and failure to complete the trial of the killers of journalist Georgy Gongadze”
Statement from the union “Civic Watch” on the violation of freedom of speech in the Nikopol City Council
The author alleges that the Mayor prevented him from discussing issues of public importance during Council sessions
Prosecutor General is beginning the Gongadze investigation from scratch
Gongadzes mother, Lesya Gongadze, said today that the Presidents failure to keep the promises given to the European Parliament in 2005 showed one thing only. “I think that he simply cant do it.The Prosecutor General has passed the case to a new investigator, Mr Kharchenko who has to start from the beginning ..."
Council of Europe reminds Yushchenko of his promise
In an interview with UNIAN, the Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis has said that the CEs greatest disappointment is over the lack of real progress in solving the murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze.
Yevgeny Kiselyov: “Ukrainian journalism is ahead of Russian”
The prominent Russian journalist believes that the level of journalism in Ukraine is unequivocally higher than in Russia. He says that at present Russian journalism, in particular that on television, is deteriorating, and turning into propaganda
What Moroz said about the Ukrainian mass media and how
The Verkhovna Rada Press Service has issued a statement in which it claims that phrases comparing Ukrainian and Russian television news broadcasts were taken out of context and wrongly interpreted in the media
Journalists dont agree with Moroz over taking example from the Russian media
Ukrainian journalists believe that their work is professional and see no need to emulate Russian news reports which they consider to be produced under conditions of censorship
Temnyky [directions on what to cover and how] in the Russian media to Moroz taste?
The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Moroz believes that Ukraine lacks balanced information state policy aimed at ensuring that the media presents the real state of affairs in the country. He cites Russia as an example to be emulated ....
Verkhovna Rada should not bind the media to broadcast or print the countrys leaders speeches
The Public Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information has called on the Verkhovna Rada to reject the proposal from Party of the Regions State Deputy Hanna Herman that the media be obliged to publish the public addresses of the countrys leaders
Dnipropetrovsk Post Office terminates contract to distribute the newspaper “Litsa”
The newspapers Chief Editor links this to the events of 27 December when the latest issue carrying an article about a criminal investigation against the City Mayor Ivan Kupichenko was withdrawn from sale in all Ukrainian Postal Service kiosks
The Commission of the Ivano-Frankivsk Public Council on Information Policy supports denationalization of the press
The Commission supported an appeal from the regional branch of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine to create a regional coordination council for promoting and monitoring the transformation of state-owned media outlets
Call from the Mayors press secretary and a papers disappearance from sale
Asked who was behind the removal of the newspaper from sale, its Chief Editor replied that at present they did not suspect anyone in particular, however they knew definitely why it had happened, and this was because of material about the Mayor entitled “Headless horsemen"
Crimean Parliament makes concessions over journalists demands
Most, although not all. of the new accreditation rules which led Crimean journalists to declare a boycott three weeks ago have been removed
Yanukovych denies new “temnyky”
According to a statement released during the evening of Wednesday, 27 December, the Cabinet of Ministers is not involved in circulating information material which allegedly has recommendations on coverage of the governments work
Mayor refuses to allow journalist to attend City Council meeting
The Mayor of Ladyzhyn claims that the newspaper is biased against him and doesnt cover City Council news properly
Verkhovna Rada called on to pass legislation on editorial independence for state-owned media outlets
The Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information believes that the draft law “On editorial freedom of the state and municipal press during the process of denationalization” can help to establish clear relations between the founders and editorial offices of the printed media.