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Ukraine: Freedom of Expression dossier

Ukraine: Freedom of Expression dossier

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Resources that examine freedom of expression in Ukraine.

Assaults on Journalists - Video

Violence Against Journalists in Ukraine Demands International Engagement

The International Partnership Mission on Protection of Journalists and Press Freedom in Ukraine found widespread abuses that prevent full and free reporting on the current conflict. Read more...

One Journaliust dead, 167 reported injured

Latest updates from Kiev confirm the death of journalist Vyacheslav Veremyi and record at least 167 attacks against journalists. Read more

Statement from Ukraine on Murder and Attacks on Journalists

The International Partnership Mission on safety and protection of journalists and press freedom in Ukraine, currently in Kiev, strongly condemns the violence that today claimed the life of Vesti correspondent Vyacheslav Veremyi and left at least 27 journalists injured. It calls for an immediate, independent, and transparent investigation to bring those responsible to justice. Read more...

Blaming the messenger?

(18/02/2014) Journalists trying to cover the widespread demonstrations in Ukraine are increasingly coming under attack from police and security forces; with nearly 140 attacks on journalists reported since November, an international partnership mission of press freedom and media organisation heads to Ukraine this week. Read more...

Journalists under threat, Ukraine.

(18/02/2014) WAN-IFRA is shocked and disturbed by the number of attacks on journalists in Ukraine during the period November 2013 - February 2014.  Close to 140 attacks have been reported by the Association of Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine (AIRPU).  The full list and nature of attacks can be seen here.

Protest Campaign to Ukraine

(23/01/2014) WAN-IFRA wrote to President Viktor Yanukovych to express our serious concern at the severe beating of journalist and activist Tatiana Chornovol and to urge you to ensure that it is investigated as a criminal incident.

Safety of Journalists At Issue in Ukraine Demonstrations

(04/12/2013) The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have protested to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych against the attacks by security services on at least 47 journalists who are covering pro-European Union protests around Kiev.  

Journalists covering Ukrainian protests beaten by police

(03/12/2013) Over the weekend, on “Black Saturday” as Ukrainians now call it; thousands of people gathered to protest President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to not enter the country into the European Union.  

Latest Developments in Georgy Gongadze Murder Trial

(6/02/2013) While encouraged by the sentencing to life in prison of former security official General Olexey Pukach for his part in the journalist’s murder,WAN-IFRA is concerned by a number of issues that arose during and immediately after the trial.

Ukraine Media Laws in the Spotlight Again

(2/10/2012) Welcoming the decision of the Ukrainian Parliament to reject a bill to reintroduce criminal defamation, WAN-IFRA calls on President Viktor Yanukovych to ensure the country follows up with strong commitments to freedom of expression.

To Ukrainian Parliament members: Your vote is necessary!

(1/10/2012) Ahead of a crucial vote in the Ukrainian Parliament, WAN-IFRA appeals to parliamentarians to vote to rescind proposed amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code that would reintroduce criminal libel.

International Publishers Present Concerns to Ukrainian President

A group of leading publishers and editors from around the world met with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday and expressed concerns about the state of press freedom in the country and the urgent need for conditions that promote a strong, independent media.


Open Letter to President Yanukovych

(21/09/2012) WAN-IFRA has sent an open letter to the president of Ukraine to express concern at recent setbacks for media freedoms in the country.

"Make freedom of expression a reality, Mr President" - A Report on Press Freedom in Ukraine

(02/07/2012) Joint report on press freedom in Ukraine condemns on-going impunity and calls for immediate redress for crucial obstacles to freedom of expression.

Report on Newspaper Distribution in Ukraine

(02/07/2012) This report outlines a detailed plan recommended by WAN-IFRA and based on a report, presented by the Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers (UAPP), to tackle problems in newspaper distribution and the development of the retail trade for the printed press in Ukraine.

International Delegation Expresses Press Freedom Concerns in Ukraine

(03/04/2012) An international delegation of press freedom organisations, led by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum, met today (3 April) with Serhii Liovochkin, Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, to discuss freedom of expression issues facing the country. (Read the full release)

International Delegation to Meet Ukraine President Over Press Freedom Concerns

(30/03/2012) The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum, the global organisations for the world’s press, will lead an international delegation to Ukraine next week to meet President Viktor Yanukovych and investigate growing concerns about freedom of expression in the country.
(Read the full release)

Response of Serhiy Lyovochkin, Head of Administration to the President of Ukraine, to WAN-IFRA's protest letter dated 7 February 2012.

(Read the full letter)

See below for a range of downloadable materials detailing the freedom of expression situation in Ukraine.



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Andrew Heslop


2012-03-29 17:53

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The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 1 March 2012, ahead of the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum in Kiev in September next, calls on the government of Ukraine to make a concerted effort to improve press freedom in the country.


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Andrew Heslop


2012-02-27 16:36


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William Granger


2012-02-07 17:26

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) together with the World Editors Forum urge Ukrainian authorities to conduct transparent investigations into the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze after a decade spent mishandling the case.


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Andrew Heslop


2010-12-06 13:03

In countless countries, journalists, editors and publishers are physically attacked, imprisoned, censored, suspended or harassed for their work. WAN-IFRA is committed to defending freedom of expression by promoting a free and independent press around the world. Read more ...