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March 11 – Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko leader Yulia Tymoshenko said the process of infringement on freedom of speech has started in the country.

April 8 – Seventeen journalists working for the privately-owned television station TVi sent an open letter to Yanukovych urging him to put a stop to alleged interference in the media by the Security Service of Ukraine, known as the SBU.

April 16 – Reporters Without Borders organization is dismayed by an alarming deterioration in press freedom in Ukraine since the two-round presidential election on Jan. 17 and Feb. 7, won by Yanukovych.

April 23
– Kyiv’s International Media Institute in March documented 17 cases of officials interfering with the work of journalists. The list chronicles alleged beatings of local newspaper editors, the detainment of photographers, the illegal search and seizure of journalists’ property by law-enforcement officials, slander charges and alleged tax violations.

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