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National Union of Journalists decries pressure on media by authorities
01:56 02/22/11

In a statement on Feb. 18, NUJ says Ukraine journalists and media outlets are under pressure from the authorities, The Telekrytyka media watchdog reports.

NUJ has received a growing number of complaints of harassment by officials of electronic and press media outlets, the statement says.

Regional state-run media complain of unmotivated and illegal personnel policy pursued by the local authorities by replacing the editors of local publications with people without proper qualifications and experience.

“Meddling with editorial policy, censorship, dismissals of journalists are blatant violations of the freedom of speech and Ukraine laws,” the NUJ statement runs.

“The personnel policy in mass media outlets must be the prerogative of journalists working there, and editors must be elected by a secret or open ballot by their colleagues,” the statement says.

Source: ZIK

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