132 cases of freedom of speech violation recorded in Ukraine since beginning of year

More than 130 cases of violation of freedom of speech recorded in the first half of 2017 in Ukraine. This is evidenced by the data of the Institute of Mass Information of the country.

"In the first half of 2017, cases of violations of freedom of speech occurred in 20 regions of Ukraine. The greatest number of such violations in Kiev and the region - 30, in the Poltava region there were 12 cases... The total number of violations is 132 (for the same period in 2016 there were 154)," the report says.

According to experts, 42 violations are qualified as "obstruction of the journalists' lawful professional activity," another 17 - "restricting access to public information." The list of non-observance of rights also includes threats, physical aggression and damage to property of journalists. The main violators of rights, according to the study, are representatives of law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, and private individuals.

The leader of public movement "Ukrainian choice - the people's right", Viktor Medvedchuk, believes that the Ukrainian government is pursuing an aggressive elimination in the information field of all who do not share the view of the official Kiev. According to the politician, after mass protests in Ukraine in 2014, which led to the coup, the country began to be managed by "a team, which has long been surpassed their predecessors in the infringement of freedom of speech."

DONi News Agency