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Institute for Mass Information Reports 274 Freedom of Speech Violations in 2017 

December 29According to the Barometer of Freedom of Speech produced by the Institute for Mass Information (IMI), 274 cases of freedom of speech violations were registered in Ukraine (excluding the occupied areas of Donbas and Crimea) in 2017. In 2016, this number was 264, in 2015 it was 310, and in 2014 it was 995.

The top three violation categories in 2017 were prevention of journalists from professional activities (88 cases), restriction of access to public information (40 cases), and threats and intimidations of journalists (37 cases).

In 2016, the number of cases of prevention of journalists from professional activities was 108, in 2015 it was 100, and in 2014 it was 150. In all years, including 2017, journalists were mostly prevented from participating in their professional activities by private individuals, local authorities, and law enforcement officials.

The number of restrictions of access to public information in 2016 was 30, in 2015 it was 33, and in 2014 it was 14. Local authorities were cited as the ones who most often restricted journalists’ access to public information.

The number of threats and intimidations of journalists in 2016 was 43, in 2015 it was 36, and in 2014 it was 98. Journalists were primarily threatened by private individuals, local authorities, and law enforcement agencies.

More on IMI’s website in Ukrainian.