Komarov’s colleagues believe that the attack was connected to his work. Komarov frequently wrote about corruption, embezzlement of city budget funds, administrative incompetence, illegal construction and prison conditions.
Corruption, the rise of far right groups and threats to the press, the LGBTQI+ community and rights activists are some of the problems facing whoever wins the election on 31 March.
Attacks against female journalists started to increase once offenders saw there was little risk of being punished.
On 27 November, Ukrainian lawmakers voted to impose martial law in ten regions that border Russia; under this special measure, the government has the power to restrict numerous basic rights including the rights to free expression and assembly.
Decriminalized 17 years ago, defamation could soon become a crime again with punishments of up to three years in jail.
Don’t be misled: The large number of TV channels on offer in Turkey, Russia and Ukraine does not translate into pluralism of viewpoint.
The independent reporter was detained by pro-Russian separatists in Dontesk in June 2017 and has been held without charges since then.
Erdogdu was named alongside ten others who are to be detained and deported to Turkey on suspicion of having connections to the Gulenist movement.
With actual murders of journalists going unsolved and lists of ‘targets’ and ‘traitors’ circulating, Ukraine’s journalists talk about their safety fears and the lack of faith they have in the authorities.
RSF urges the Ukrainian authorities to free Fikret Huseynli at once and calls for an urgent reform of Interpol, whose red notice system is often abused by repressive governments in order to pursue dissidents after they have fled abroad.
Journalist Vasily Muravitsky and blogger Eduard Nedeliayev, held respectively by the Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists, should be released immediately.
“Transparency of civil society is essential; however, these are disproportionate means for ensuring accountability”, said ARTICLE 19, in reference to proposed legislation which would oblige civil society organisations to submit detailed financial reports on funds from international donors.
Russian media websites, including some of the most popular social media services, were recently blocked by Ukraine after the government deemed them to be working against its national interest.
This new requirement is a slap in the face of Ukraine’s anti-corruption activists and its international partners who have been calling for a more transparent government.