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PACE lists Ukraine among countries with incidents threatining media freedom

25.01.2013, 00:28

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has issued a report, which listed Ukraine among other countries, where incidents threatening the media freedom are seen.

In particular, the report criticized such countries as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom for their media freedom stature. 

In particular, Turkey was said to have “more journalists in detention than any other State in the world.” “The high number of journalists imprisoned, detained or prosecuted has a paralyzing effect on the media environment,” the report reads.
“In April 2012, as many as 95 journalists were in jail awaiting trial or serving sentences after being convicted,” the report read, adding that the number has increased since. 

“The majority have been charged or convicted under laws related to terrorism or incitement to violence or hatred, or insulting the Turkish nation or institutions of the State.” 

The report added that many of the imprisoned journalists were arrested and charged in connection with the “Ergenekon” case into an alleged plot to overthrow the government. 

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