Since the 2011 Public Information Act is
deemed one of the current regime’s few success stories, both informal efforts
to restrict access to information of clear public importance and legislative
moves with direct impact on such access deserve scrutiny.
presidency, only a carefully selected group of journalists have been given a no
less edited view of what was once an official State-owned residence. All efforts to obtain information about
public funding spent on the residence have been thwarted, and all planned
peaceful protests anywhere near the gates of the vast estate banned by the
courts. In May this year two Democratic Alliance activists were jailed for five and seven days over entirely peaceful protest.
“Open Access” viewings in September were
disrupted in 8 out of 20 cities. In Kyiv
on Sept. 27, around 30 inebriated down-and-outs occupied the first rows of the
cinema, smoked, let off smoke bombs and generally disrupted the viewing. They were wearing badges with the words TRAMP
TV, making it clear that somebody had organized their stunt. Shortly after they were finally removed, the police
appeared and demanded that the cinema be cleared, supposedly because of a bomb