MIP: Ukraine's Western Regions Improved Skills of Applying Journalists Protection Legislation
On 22 September 2017, Ivano Frankivsk hosted a training workshop titled “Protecting Professional Activity of Journalists and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine: Fighting Impunity”.
The event was organized with the support of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening Freedom of the Media and Establishing a Public Broadcasting System in Ukraine”.
The workshop was attended by 247 participants representing Ivano Frankivsk, Ternopil, Chernivtsi and Khmelnytsky Oblasts, including law enforcement officers, judges, journalists and public activists.
The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine presented the mechanism of responding to information published on the Council of Europe Platform for Protection of Journalism and Journalists Safety.
In the course of the presentation, Head of the Sector for European Integration Liudmyla Vasylenko said that MIP was constantly monitoring violations of rights and freedoms of journalists in Ukraine.
“We systemically cooperate with international organizations, the public authorities concerned, and the media community for the sake of protecting freedom of speech and the right to the profession of the journalist.
In this regard it is difficult to overestimate the role of the Council of Europe in promoting European standards for the protection of journalists in Europe as a whole and in Ukraine in particular.”
As of September 22, the Platform had published 26 cases regarding Ukraine.
Please be reminded that MIP collects commentary from security agencies: the National Police, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, the Security Service, and the Interior Ministry, and works out a unified stance of Ukraine as to a particular violation.
According to information provided by MIP, Ukraine’s MFA issues the official stance of the State on each case submitted on the Platform.
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