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: UN must ensure justice for killing of journalists
12.05.2022 2 min read

Ukraine: UN must ensure justice for killing of journalists

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Perugia Declaration for Ukraine: Journalists must be protected
11.04.2022 16 min read

Perugia Declaration for Ukraine: Journalists must be protected

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Ukraine: War crimes against journalists and civilians must be investigated
05.04.2022 2 min read

Ukraine: War crimes against journalists and civilians must be investigated

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Ukraine: Free Expression in a Time of War
15.03.2022 1 min read

Ukraine: Free Expression in a Time of War

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EU: Emergency visas for Russian and Belarusian journalists fleeing repression
15.03.2022 3 min read

EU: Emergency visas for Russian and Belarusian journalists fleeing repression

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Russia: Internet freedom must be upheld
11.03.2022 3 min read

Russia: Internet freedom must be upheld

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ICANN: Human rights law calls for an open Internet at a time of war
04.03.2022 4 min read

ICANN: Human rights law calls for an open Internet at a time of war

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Ukraine: UN must take action on Russia’s acts of war
04.03.2022 3 min read

Ukraine: UN must take action on Russia’s acts of war

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Ukraine: Journalists covering Russian invasion must be protected
01.03.2022 5 min read

Ukraine: Journalists covering Russian invasion must be protected

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