The International Committee of Press Freedom and Rights of Journalists is concerned about harassment of journalists in the courthouse in the city of Kiev, which took place today in the case of the former Ukrainian prime minister and current opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
The International Committee of the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights is concerned about the sudden rejection of the further spread of the magazine “The Ukrainian Week” at the flights of Ukrainian State Company “Ukraine International Airlines”, a follow-up immediately after publication in the weekly journal of critical material on the servility of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych the Kremlin .
The International Committee of the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights is extremely concerned by the fact that shortly after the purchase of Russian-speaking segment of the Russian businessmen popular blog service livejournal.com a dramatic escalation of blocking access to this service for clients of the service, who hold political views, unwanted Russian government.
The International Committee of the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights, see the statements of Russian journalist Anastasia Izyumskaya about her dismissal from the “Russian news service”, which is published in today’s issue of “Novaya Gazeta”, said that the facts set out there is clearly evidence of very heavy situation prevailing in Russia today with respect to press freedom.
The International Committee of the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights expresses its deep concern about the facts of the systematic harassment of journalists by the Russian authorities. The International Committee for the Protection of the free press and rights of journalists regard this peculiar to totalitarian regimes, the dangerous trend of misunderstanding by the Russian authorities the vital importance of freedom of speech as one of the cornerstones of democracy and open society.