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Silencing Speech

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Sept. 20, 2012, 10:32 p.m. | Ukraine — by Vlad Lavrov

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.
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Vlad Lavrov

Kyiv Post staff writer

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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