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IMI Publishes Freedom of Speech Barometer for November 2021

December 3 – The Institute of Mass Information (IMI) reported 12 violations of freedom of speech in Ukraine in its November 2021 Barometer of Freedom of Speech. IMI experts said half of the violations were recorded in the category of physical aggression against journalists conducting their professional work. Some examples of the violations are:

  • In Khmelnytskyy, a journalist and IMI regional representative was attacked and doused with an unknown liquid substance;
  • State Investigation Bureau launched an investigation of Editor-in-Chief’s Yuriy Butusov Facebook video showing him firing a weapon; and
  • In Kyiv, Magnolia TV journalists were attacked by the priests of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (orthodox church of Russian patriarchy) while reporting about a fire on the church territory.

Eight violations occurred in Kyiv, and one each in Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Kmelnytskyy, and Poltava.

So far in 2021, IMI has recorded 165 cases of violation of journalists’ professional rights. The IMI monthly Barometer of Freedom of Speech is supported by the USAID Media Program in Ukraine, implemented by Internews.

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


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