National Union of Journalists of Ukraine identified “Enemies of press reformation – 2017”

According to the results of the year, National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) has published the list of “Enemies of press reformation – 2017.” This time it consists of 14 names, the majority of which are the chairpersons of the district, city and regional councils. NUJU published such list for the first time on 3rd May 2016 on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day. Afterwards, it has been updated because the pressure on the media does not cease down in many regions.

The chairman of NUJU Sergiy Tomilenko commented, “Unfortunately, despite the existence of the Law “On reforming the state and communal print media”, which has already been in force for several years, some local officials are trying to exert pressure on the editorships and dismiss the editors disregarding the media reforms. As the largest media organization, we are trying to find the ways to protect our colleagues by involving the lawyers that can provide legal protection and consultations, as well as prepare the appropriate applications. Nowadays, we have positive results of resolving the conflicts in favor of the editors. We are hoping that this Anti-rating and public condemnation will affect the attitude of the mentioned people.”

The working group of NUJU concluded the anti-rating of the enemies of reformation on the appeals of the editors and journalists. Currently, the list includes the representatives of nine Ukrainian regions (Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Lugansk, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmelnytskiy). Most of the officials, mentioned in the Anti-rating, are the regional leaders of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) “Solidarity”. Although there are some problems connected with this reform in certain regions but the newspaper editors are hoping for a peaceful adjustment of the situation and, therefore, they refrain to submit the candidates to the Anti-rating of the enemies of reformation.

It is worth mentioning that the previous Anti-rating, compiled in 2016, consisted of 20 people and the most problematic regions were Vinnitsa, Kyiv, Rivne, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, and Chernihiv. Besides, according to the results of both years, the representatives of such regions as Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Sumy, Kharkiv and Kherson remain in the list.

Enemies of the press reformation – 2017 (NUJU version, based on the results of the year):

Baida Viktor Mykolayovych, chairman of Pulyn District State Administration, Zhytomyr region, the representative of Petro Poroshenko Bloc “Solidarity” (the refusal to conclude the agreement on the transfer of constituent rights to the newspaper “Visti”).

Goroshko Sergiy Grigorovich, acting city mayor, the secretary of the Novomoskovsk City Council, Dnipropetrovsk region, the representative of the PPB “Solidarity” (the obstruction of the reformation in the newspaper “Novomoskovskaya Pravda”).

Gunchik Volodymyr Petrovich, head of the Volyn Regional State Administration, the representative of the PPB “Solidarity” (the obstruction of the denationalization process of the regional “Volyn newspaper”, which criticized the official).

Zhydkov Konstantyn Sergiyovich, chairman of the Dergachiv District State Administration, Kharkiv region, the representative of the PPB “Solidarity” (the obstruction of the journalists’ professional work of the newspaper “Visti Dergachivshchyny” and the reformation of the printed publication).

Korzh Andriy Volodymyrovych, chairman of the Trostyanets District Council, Sumy region, the representative of the PPB “Solidarity” (the unsatisfied judgment regarding the reinstatement of illegally dismissed editor of the newspaper “Novyny Trostyanechyny” Pavlo Zlenko; the Council’s rejection regarding the decision to withdraw from the newspaper co-founders).

Kotelevskiy Igor Viktorovych, Tokmak City Mayor, Zaporizhia region, the representative of the party “Opposition Bloc” (the obstruction of the reformation of the newspaper “Our city – Tokmak”, the pressure on the editorial board. Such factions of the City Council as PPB “Solidarity”, the parties “Opposition bloc”, “Fatherland”, “Self-help” and Radical party of Oleg Lyashko do not support the position of the editorial board).

Lazarev Gennadiy Yuriyovich, chairman of the Dergachiv District Council, Kharkiv region, the representative of the party “Revival” (the obstruction of the journalists’ professional work of the newspaper “Vesti Dergachivshchyny” and the reformation of the printed publication).

Litvinov Alexander Mykolayovych, chairman of the Balakliya District Council, Kharkiv region, the representative of the PPB “Solidarity” (the procrastination of the decision approval to withdraw from the co-founders of the editorial office of the newspaper “Visti Balakliyshchyny”).

Maselskiy Stepan Ivanovych, chairman of the Balakliya District State Administration, Kharkiv region, the representative of the PPB “Solidarity” (the procrastination of the decision acceptance to leave the co-founders editorial staff of the newspaper “Visti Balakliyshchyny”).

Mudriy Viktor Oleksiyovych, chairman of the Apostolove District Council, Dnipropetrovsk region, the representative of the PPB “Solidarity” (the obstruction of the reformation of the newspaper “Apostolivski Novyny”).

Nazarova Oksana Valentynivna, chairwoman of the Kakhovka District Centre of the political party “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”, Kherson region (the attempt to capture the newspaper “Kakhovka Zorya” and the registration of 17 publications with the similar names).

Scrimskiy Franz Frantsovych, Polonsky City Mayor, Khmelnytskiy Region, the representative of the PPB “Solidarity” (the repeated attempts to deprive the reformed newspaper  “Novyi Shliakh” of the editorial office).

Slipets Vita Volodymyrivna, chairwoman of the Swatove District Council, Luhansk region, the representative of the Agrarian Party of Ukraine (the attempts to deprive the newspaper “Novyny Svativshchyny” of the editorial office).

Tertychna Tetyana Stanislavivna, chairwoman of the Kakhovka District Council, Kherson region, the representative of the party “Opposition Bloc” (the attempt to deprive the newspaper “Kakhovka Zorya” of the premises where the editorial office has been located for 30 years).

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