Freedom of Speech & Press

August 2017

08/09/2017

Search of journalists of the online media outlet “Strana.ua”: SBU is looking for a flash drive containing a state classified information

“They are searching to the editorial office and homes of two more journalists. And verbally, the SBU officials say they are looking for a flash drive, ” the editor-in-chief Guzhva explained.

http://timer-odessa.net/news/obisk_jurnalistov_strani_sbu_ischet_fleshku_s_gosudarstvennoy_taynoy_656.html

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08/03/2017

SBU arrested a Kiev-based blogger: Employees of the SBU arrested in Kiev an administrator of several groups in social networks, considered in the special services as anti-Ukrainian.

“Carrying out tasks given by his curators, the so-called press secretary and an active member of the anti-Ukrainian separatist organization, he created an extensive network of web resources and groups in social networks that he used for calls to seize state power, dissemination of anti-Ukrainian materials, support of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine,” the SBU press service said.

http://timer-odessa.net/news/sbu_arestovala_kievskogo_blogera_238.html

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08/02/2017

Zhytomyr-based blogger-journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who worked for the Russian media, faces 15 years in prison.

In Zhytomyr region, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that Muravitsky is suspected of high treason, as he allegedly published anti-Ukrainian materials at the direction of Russian curators. The Security Service of Ukraine believes that he [Vasily Muravitsky] acted to the detriment of the information security of Ukraine.

Among other things, Muravitsky has been the editor-in-chief of a Komsomol newspaper Novaya Volna (“New Wave”).

http://zhzh.info/news/2017-08-02-33127

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08/01/2017

In Zhytomyr, SBU officers search the house of Vasily Muravitsky, a former local journalist who is now actively publishing anti-Ukrainian materials and commenting on events in Ukraine for Russian media.

A pre-trial investigation is currently underway, being carried out by the Investigation Department of the Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Zhytomyr region. For the commission of particularly serious crimes Muravitsky is threatened with punishment of up to 15 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property.

http://zhzh.info/news/2017-08-01-33114

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July 2017

07/14/2017

The Military Prosecutor’s Office and the National Police searched the office of the media company “Vesti.” Activities of the editorial office of the newspaper, website and radio are blocked.

Earlier, the editor-in-chief of “Vesti” was Igor Guzhva – the current editor-in-chief of the publication “Country.ua”, where a search was also recently carried out.

http://timer-odessa.net/news/politsiya_na_bronevikah_priehala_v_media_holding_vesti_s_obiskom_995.html

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June 2017

May 2017

05/16/2017

On May 16, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine formally introduced administrative responsibility for wearing in public or demonstration of St. George ribbons.

According to the approved bill, authored by People’s Deputy Anton Gerashchenko, there will be a fine of 50-150 non-taxable minimums (850-2550 UAH) for public use, wearing or demonstrating a St. George ribbon or its image. In case of a repeated violation, the fine increases to 150-300 non-taxable minimums (2,550-5,100 UAH).

Source: http://timer-odessa.net/news/v_ukraine_ofitsialno_zapretili_georgievskuyu_lentu_kak_golosovali_odesskie_nardepi_725.html

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05/16/2017

More than 50 thousand Ukrainians fall under surveillance by security agencies every year, – official data.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/ejegodno_pod_slejku_silovikov_podpadayut_bolee_50_tisyach_ukraintsev_ofitsialnie_dannie_949.html

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05/16/2017

The President of Ukraine, Pyotr Poroshenko, introduced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to impose sanctions against social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as the search system Yandex.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/poroshenko_zablokiroval_dostup_k_yandeksu_odnoklassnikam_i_vkontakte_433.html

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05/16/2017

Human Rights Watch condemns the ban on Russian websites: this is a terrible blow to freedom of speech in Ukraine

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/hrw_osudila_zapret_rossiyskih_saytov_eto_strashniy_udar_po_svobode_slova_v_ukraine_385.html

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05/10/2017

The prohibition of Soviet symbols is a violation of the right to freedom of expression, and the detention of peaceful demonstrators is a step in restricting freedom of speech and peaceful assembly by the Ukrainian authorities. This opinion is held by the human rights defenders of the World-wide Body “Amnesty International”.

“We believe that the Ukrainian government is obliged to ensure freedom of speech and freedom of peaceful assembly for all citizens. All detained demonstrators must be released. We also demand an effective and impartial investigation of all cases of violence during the demonstrations (held in Ukraine on May 9, – ed.),” the organization said in its statement.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/zapret_sovetskoy_simvoliki_nedopustim_amnesty_international_318.html

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April 2017

04/13/2017

Odessa State Administration sent a circular to the educational institutions of the city, in which they asked their leaders to conduct “educational work” with students about the undesirability of their participation in mass actions and rallies.

The document was sent to the educational institutions of the city on April 6 – on the eve of the Day of Liberation of Odessa. Officials are asked to “conduct organizational, explanatory and preventive work in educational institutions and with parents’ committees, during which they should inform every student about the inadmissibility of his or her taking part in mass protest actions.”

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/odesskih_prepodavateley_prosyat_ne_puskat_studentov_na_mitingi_228.html

Comment: In Ukraine in general and in Odessa in particular, in the past three years, only protests and oppositional actions are considered “illegal” in the official press, and judging by their reaction, by law enforcers. Brutal and frankly fascist demonstrations of Azov, the Right Sector and other Banderites are completely legitimate and untouchable, contrary to the legislation that has been adopted, where there is a direct and unambiguous ban on the propaganda of racism, Nazism and fascism.

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04/13/2017

The main member of oppostion of the Ukrainian city of Nikolaev is to be held accountable for statements he made about “Bandera” followers.

Scandalous statements made in February 2014 by Igor Dyatlov, who was the head of the regional council at the time, about a possibility of storming the Mykolayiv regional administration by “Bandera followers from out of town” are subjected today to linguistic expertise. Criminal proceedings against the ex-head of the regional council Igor Dyatlov have not yet been advanced.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/glavnogo_oppozitsionera_nikolaeva_namereni_privlech_k_otvetstvennosti_za_viskazivaniya_o_banderovtsah_634.html

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04/11/2017

Employees of the State Border Service of Ukraine offer citizens to inform the authorities about persons who visited Crimea in violation of the procedure provided for by Ukrainian legislation.

We are talking about people who entered Crimea or left its territory not through official checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Russian border, but in some other way: for example, by air or through the Kerch Strait. Henceforth, anyone can anonymously report such violators using a special form on the website of the State Border Service. Messages are absolutely anonymous.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/pogranichniki_predlagayut_ukraintsam_stuchat_na_teh_kto_ezdit_v_krim_921.html 

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March 2017

03/31/2017

Who broadcasts Russian channels, is a traitor of the motherland: the TV provider in Kherson was searched by SBU: the owner of the cable television LLC “Tornado” in Genichesk received a fine in 4 thousand hryvnia, as well as a denunciation to the Security Service.

This decision was taken by the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting that punished the provider for retransmitting un-adapted Russian TV channels. As reported in the Kherson office, at the signal of a vigilant citizen of Genichesk, the National Council conducted an unscheduled inspection of the provider and found that the company retransmits 15 Russian TV channels that are banned in Ukraine. This list contains musical, entertainment, children’s and other TV channels of various types: Chanson-TV, STS, TV-3, 360 °, Mir (Peace), Moskva Doverie (Moscow Trust), TNT, Match, Rodnoye kino (Native Cinema)”,” Nashe novoe kino (Our new cinema)”,” Che “,” Petersburg 5 “,” Domashnee (Homemade)”,” Carousel “,” Russkiy roman (Russian novel)”.

Also, the provider was accused of not providing a universal software service to its subscribers in full. The audience is not shown the local TV channels “Scythia”, “Kherson plus” as well as the all-Ukrainian channels “Sovet (Council)” and “Culture”.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/retransliroval_rossiyskie_kanali_izmennik_rodini_hersonskogo_provaydera_proveryala_sbu_842.html

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February 2017

02/23/2017

The prosecutor’s office of the Odessa region published photographs of anti-Ukrainian literature, allegedly published by members of a group suspected of preparing the abduction of Alexei Goncharenko.

In the message of the prosecutor’s office it is said that this literature, we quote, “is aimed at the propaganda of national strife between Ukrainians, Russians and Jews”, which the expert has been already able to confirm.

However, in the published photos, there is nothing that points to the anti-Ukrainian or anti-Semitic nature of the seized literature. Among other things, the photo shows the book “Odessa Khatyn’s Bells”, dedicated to the memory of the dead on May 2. The book was published as early as in 2014 by the efforts of relatives and friends of the victims of May 2. The second book is devoted entirely to the problems of Ukrainian nationalism.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/v_prokurature_pokazali_antiukrainskuyu_agitatsiyu_ot_pohititeley_goncharenko_290.html

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15/02/2017

Investigators of the SBU in the Odessa region opened criminal proceedings in the case of the Odessa TV journalist Grigory Kvasnyuk who authors a program “Pravda” (Truth).

As the local intelligence service reports on February 15, the TV-program by the citizen of Odessa «has repeatedly been an object of expert research on the presence of public calls for changing the borders of Ukraine during the years 2014-2016.”

“The latest issue of the author’s program did not go unheeded by the security services,” the SBU notes, adding that the criminal proceedings were opened on the grounds of part 2 of article 110 of the Criminal Code (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine).

We remind that earlier, the head of the organization “Public Security Council”, the activist of “EuroMaidan” Mark Gordienko addressed the central and local leadership of the SBU complaining about the fact that Kvasniuk “was conducting separatist propaganda.”

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/sbu_nashla_chto_to_plohoe_v_programme_kvasnyuka_422.html

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January 2017

01/12/2017

The Internet newspaper “Strana (Country)” informs that the Security Service of Ukraine intends in the near future to carry out searches in the editorial office, as well as that the special service frames up criminal cases to arrest the editors of the newspaper.

This is stated in the official statement of the Internet newspaper. “Dozens of people have already been questioned on these cases; during many hours of interrogation, they are trying to draw testimony out of them against the editor-in-chief, Igor Guzhva. The editorial board considers these actions as an attempt to paralyze the work of our publication in order to prevent the emergence of new resonant materials on corruption in the highest echelons of power,” the statement said.

As the editors note, over the past year the publication published a lot of resonant articles that caused discontent with the leadership of the state, as a result – journalists have faced an increased attention to them by the special services.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/internet_gazeta_strana_zayavlyaet_o_gotovyaschihsya_atakah_so_storoni_sbu_808.html

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01/12/2017

The National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting obliged Ukrainian providers to stop transmitting the Russian television channel Dozhd for a month.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, the reason for this decision was the fact that, despite its opposition to the Russian authorities, the channel does not recognize the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and also broadcasts Russian advertisments.

Source:

http://timer-odessa.net/news/jizn_po_novomu_natsrada_otklyuchila_rossiyskiy_oppozitsionniy_kanal_dojd_653.html