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Ukrainian journalists discuss the freedom of speech situation with G7 ambassadors

30.01.2024, 10:03
Ukrainian journalists meeting G7 ambassadors in Kyiv on January 29, 2024. Photo by @G7AmbReformUA
Ukrainian journalists meeting G7 ambassadors in Kyiv on January 29, 2024. Photo by @G7AmbReformUA

G7 countries' ambassadors met with Ukrainian journalists on January 29, reports the G7 Ambassadors' Support Group in Ukraine on X (previously Twitter).

"Insightful meeting of G7 Ambassadors with Ukrainian journalists. Media freedom is the fundamental pillar of a successful democracy," the post reads.

According to The Kyiv Independent, the Ukrainian media community has complained about systematic pressure after a series of discrediting campaigns against independent journalists, often supported by anonymous pro-government Telegram channels. The latest two attacks on journalists were the pressure on Yuriy Nikolov and the covert surveillance over the Bihus.Info team.

The journalists who attended the meeting include Bihus.Info's head Denys Bihus, "Ukrainian Pravda" executive director Andriy Boborykin, Yuriy Nikolov (who is a co-founder of the Nashi Hroshi investigative media project), Ukrinform deputy head Maryna Synhaivska, Institute of Mass Information chief Oksana Romaniuk, Interfax-Ukraine head Oleksandr Martynenko, "European Pravda" chief editor Serhiy Sydorenko, Detector Media chief editor Nataliya Lyhachova, the Kyiv Independent's editor-in-chief Olga Rudenko, journalist Vitaliy Portnykov, NV chief editor Vitaliy Sych and Suspilne board chair Mykola Chernotytsky.

On January 17, the Media Movement reported systematic pressure on independent journalists and investigators and urged President Volodymyr Zelensky to resolutely condemn this campaign and ensure that incidents of intimidation are investigated as crimes against media professionals. Namely, the Media Movement mentioned the attacks on "Nashi Hroshi" journalist Yuriy Nikolov, on Bihus.Info, and, previously, on Detector Media, "Ukrainian Pravda", NV, “Censor", "Babel", '", "Espreso".

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