Institute of mass media (IMM) initiates an appeal on behalf of Ukrainian remedial organizations to international organizations to attract attention to unclosed crimes against journalists in Ukraine.

“This appeal will be addressed to law enforcement bodies of Ukraine, as 90% of crimes against journalist remain unclosed. We are also going to represent the full list of cases, investigation of which has been lasting for years,” said IMM executive director Victoria Syumar, UNIAN informed.

The IMM executive director considers that in Ukraine the most favourable conditions for journalists’ work were made in 2005. “According to data from monitoring of Mass Media freedom, all indices show positive changes,” said she, having added that crimes against journalists in 2005, including arrests, beatings, attacks and intimidation, reduced twice in comparison with 2004.

According to Syumar, “the indices will be worse in 2006, as there was very complicated election campaign.” “For example, 16 claims against Mass Medias were registered in the first quarter of 2006, while there were only 13 in 2005,” explained she.

International day of press freedom is being celebrated today, May 3. Traditionally this day international organizations publish results of monitoring of press freedom in different countries. In particular, American remedial organization Freedom House stated in its report the improvement of position of freedom of speech in Ukraine in 2005.


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