Saturday, August 14, 2010

Journalists striking in defence of freedom of speech, and a reason to worry..

'Chornomorska' TV and two other Ukrainian TV stations are suspending their broadcasts "in defence of freedom of speech" and are on strike for one hour tonight.

Vasyl Klymentyev, the editor-in-chief of the Kharkiv independent investigative newspaper, "Novyi Styl", disappeared several days ago.

A shiver went down my back as quick scan through the publication's website revealed a recent series of fearless investigative pieces exposing some very dirty cases of corruption within the ranks of law enforcement agencies and the judiciary in Kharkiv.

Klymentyev has trodden of quite a few ugly toes. I sincerely hope he's o.k. and this is not a return to the bad old days...but it's a worry..

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