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You're reading: People First: The latest in the Watch on Ukrainian democracy

The campaign has barely
started and we can already see the government grabbing at every tool in the
box, including the anti-democratic, to achieve their political goals.

Pressure on media

The most resonant
examples of the government’s pressure on the media in Ukraine have been
criminal cases against Mykola Knyazhytsky, director of ТVі TV channel, and the
repressive actions against the Internet publication LB.ua. LB.ua has been
forced to stop operation for an indefinite term. The reason behind the criminal
case against the general director of TBi has been an accusation that he evaded
taxes in the amount of Hr 3 million while LB.ua has been accused of
distributing an SMS-conversation of one Verkhovna Rada deputy from the end of
2011.

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