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Yanukovych orders to check whether opening of cases against LB.ua and TVi was legal

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July 19, 2012, 3:53 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said he is concerned over recent events involving the Ukrainian media and ordered Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and Head of the State Tax Service Oleksandr Klymenko to check whether the opening of criminal cases against the LB.ua online newspaper and the TVi television channel was legal.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said he is concerned over recent events involving the Ukrainian media and ordered Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and Head of the State Tax Service Oleksandr Klymenko to check whether the opening of criminal cases against the LB.ua online newspaper and the TVi television channel was legal.

"In a democratic state it is fundamentally important to protect the freedom of speech and prevent pressure on the media," the presidential press service quoted him as saying on Thursday.

Yanukovych noted that checks on the media before the elections have a negative impact on the political situation in the country.

"The pluralism of opinions in the press is a guarantee of democratic will at future elections. The government must do everything to protect the media and the rights of voters," he said. 

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David Willcox July 19, 2012, 4:11 p.m.    

This Dictator makes me laugh~he and Assad are both of the same mother for sure!

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gary yellando July 19, 2012, 4:35 p.m.    

Saddam, Gaddaffe, Murbauik, Assad, Yannkovych...?????

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blueriver July 20, 2012, 11:14 a.m.    

Yanukovych does not order anything.....he is told what to do by Moscow & Gas Billionaire Firtash

Putin - Yanukovych go to your friends in Belurus

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blueriver July 22, 2012, 2:58 p.m.    

Doesn't he look like a fool

Can anyone tell me who like him

What qualities has the fool got, its obvious Yanukovych was supported by his good friends in Russia 2010 & 2004

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