People gather on Kyiv’s Independence Square on Sept. 16 to honor the memory of Georgiy Gongadze, murdered in 2000, and other journalists who lost their lives since Ukraine became a nation in 1991. Two days later, parliament launched a new assault on free speech with a law to criminalize libel.
Pledges by President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration to ensure press
freedoms and adhere to democratic standards are ringing hollow,
following the pro-presidential parliament’s advance of legislation that
could devastate independent journalism in Ukraine.
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