“The United States is concerned that the Government of Ukraine is
curtailing freedom of media representatives in advance of the October
parliamentary elections,” reads a statement by Kelly posted on the Web
site of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
He noted that some independent media outlets and their owners were
facing increased pressure that appeared intended to restrict their
reporting. “Recent actions by authorities include criminal
investigations, prosecutions, raids by tax inspectors, and threats to
deny broadcasting licenses,” Kelly said.
The official noted the July 12 raid on television broadcaster TVi by
tax police, a related criminal case against the channel’s general
director, Mykola Kniazhytsky, and the criminal investigation of Lb.ua
journalist Sonia Koshkina, which raise concern and appear to conflict
with the government’s moratorium on checks on the media before the
October 28 elections.