There have been a number of
major moves this year which give people close to President Viktor Yanukovych
and his family control over major media holdings. These are widely viewed as
preparation for the presidential campaign in early 2015.
But also someone is overtly
intimidating journalists and civic activists.
Oksana Romanyuk, director
of the Institute for Mass Information [IMI, had her computer hacked and email
correspondence posted online. Publications on, for example, Ukrainska
Kryvda, a clone site aping the popular news website Ukrainska Pravda, were
brazen in distorting the information hacked and making defamatory allegations
about Romanyuk and IMI. They also openly threatened other journalists
that they should expect similar treatment.