Ukraine

Compared to the height of Ukraine’s political crisis in 2014, respect for freedom of expression has  improved. However, journalists continue to be attacked and murdered with impunity. Issues of media plurality persist where processes of privatising state-owned media outlets are delayed and a handful of oligarchs continue to dominate. National security concerns are frequently invoked to justify censorship, including the ongoing blocking of several Russian television channels and social media platforms. In 2017, President President Petro Poroshenko approved an Information Security Doctrine, allegedly aimed at preventing propaganda of or incitement to war, national and religious hatred. Lacking specifics, it is feared that  this initiative may lead to extra-judicial blocking of online content, on illegitimate and arbitrary grounds. NGOs and journalists working on anti-corruption face harassment and stigmatisation, including new restrictive legislation.

ARTICLE 19 monitors violations of freedom of expression in Ukraine and raises egregious violations to international fora such as the United Nations. Working with partners, we submit Universal Periodical Reviews to the UN Human Right Council.

Ukraine: Supporting journalists will build a healthy media environment
13.05.2024 10 min read

Ukraine: Supporting journalists will build a healthy media environment

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World Press Freedom Day 2024: Violations against media on the rise in Europe
03.05.2024 5 min read

World Press Freedom Day 2024: Violations against media on the rise in Europe

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UN event: How can we safeguard information integrity? 
21.03.2024 3 min read

UN event: How can we safeguard information integrity? 

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UN: Human Rights Council gets underway as global conflicts continue
26.02.2024 10 min read

UN: Human Rights Council gets underway as global conflicts continue

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Ukraine: Expression remains casualty two years into Russia’s invasion
24.02.2024 4 min read

Ukraine: Expression remains casualty two years into Russia’s invasion

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UN: Statement on propaganda for war and free expression
25.09.2023 3 min read

UN: Statement on propaganda for war and free expression

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Russia: Release Crimean rights defender Iryna Danylovych without delay
25.08.2023 3 min read

Russia: Release Crimean rights defender Iryna Danylovych without delay

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Ukraine: One year after Bucha, independent journalism remains vital
03.04.2023 4 min read

Ukraine: One year after Bucha, independent journalism remains vital

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Ukraine: Continued solidarity and support for journalists covering the war
24.02.2023 4 min read

Ukraine: Continued solidarity and support for journalists covering the war

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