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Freedom of Speech Barometer 2018 

November 2 During the last ten months of 2018, the Institute of Mass Information (IMI) recorded in total 201 cases of violations of freedom of speech in 23 regions of Ukraine; this is a slight overall improvement from 2017’s 237 cases. Of these, 147 cases concerned physical aggression against journalists. For comparison, in the same period in 2017, 151 cases of physical aggression were recorded. The top three types of violations included preventing journalists from conducting their professional activity, beatings and physical attacks, and threats and intimidation.

The largest number of violations since the beginning of 2018 was recorded in the category of preventing journalists from conducting their professional activity – 80 cases versus the 77 cases recorded within the same period in 2017. The second position was occupied by the category of beatings and attacks – 28 cases in 2018 versus 25 cases within the same period in 2017. The third position was occupied by the category of threats and intimidation – 27 cases in 2018 versus 32 cases within the same period in 2017.

In addition, 15 cases of violations regarding access to public information were recorded (34 in 2017), and 14 cases of cyberattacks against journalists and the media were recorded in 2018, which equals the 2017 total.

Kyiv remains the region with the most violations against journalists, with 82 cases in Kyiv and Kyiv region. Mykolaiv region occupied the second position with 16 cases. Dnipropetrovsk region and Odesa region had 10 cases each. Poltava region and Lviv region had 8 cases each.

Among the main violators in 2018 so far are private individuals, law enforcement officers, and local authorities and deputies.

More on the website of the Institute of Mass Information in Ukrainian.