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You're reading: The good, the bad and the ugly at World Newspaper Congress opening

As Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stood proudly on a Kyiv stage
telling hundreds of the world’s publishers and journalists that
censorship is just a stereotype in Ukraine, he thought he was the
“Good.”

He turned out to be an
“Ugly Liar,” as demonstrated by the drama that unveiled in the
audience
. The “ugly” events that unfolded gave visitors of the
World Association and Newspapers and News Publishers, and the World
Editors Forum a snapshot of Ukraine’s deteriorating state of media
freedoms and freedom of expression.

In a silent and peaceful
protest, about 15 Ukrainian journalists pulled out posters reading
“Stop Censorship” as Yanukovych started speaking. A few guards
with official blue badges swiftly moved to protect their “boss”
on stage from seeing the content of the posters, or being humiliated
by them.

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