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OHCHR records restrictions of freedom of speech, media in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

For 2017, journalists were attacked 90 times
17:27, 19 March 2018

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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is concerned that incidents of violence against media workers and restrictions of the right of freedom of expression continue in Ukraine. In particular, for the period from November 16, 2017, to February 15, 2018, 10 cases of encroachments on freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of the media were recorded. This was reported by UN OHCHR in the report on the situation with human rights in Ukraine.

"Within the reporting period, OHCHR documented 18 cases involving infringements on freedom of opinion and expression and/or freedom of the media," the message says.

"OHCHR examined six cases within the reporting period of physical attacks on journalists and other incidents obstructing journalistic activity and the work of media outlets. In five cases, the victims and their legal defenders complained of protracted and ineffective investigations, also noting a lack of transparency...In total, in 2017 the National Union of Journalists in Ukraine documented 90 incidents of physical violence against media professionals," the report says.

As for the territory controlled by armed groups, OHCHR documented three incidents when attempts to express critical opinions were stifled by psychological pressure and threats to physical integrity, according to the report.

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It is added that at least five persons released by armed groups in the simultaneous release on December 27, 2017, were detained inter alia for their critical publications on social media. OHCHR remains concerned that as of 15 February, at least two bloggers remained detained by armed groups in ‘Donetsk people’s republic’.

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine sent official letters to UN Secretary-General, Security Council Chairman and all the delegations of member states, where it states that Russian presidential elections violate UN Charter. The letter comprises Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry claim concerning the decision of the Crimean administration to hold an illegal voting on the peninsula. It is addressed to António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, and to Karel van Oosterom, Permanent Representative to the UN from the Netherlands.

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