Ukraine challenged over threats to media freedom
14 July 2016
The International Federation of Journalists has called on the Ukrainian authorities to stop the persecution of an independent TV channel and its leading journalists, following a crackdown on media freedom in the country and attacks on 3S.TV and its founder Savik Shuster.
The station was established after Shuster Live, one of Ukraine’s leading TV current affairs shows, was effectively banned from virtually all networks and in one case was pulled from air just 10 minutes before broadcast.
Since its launch in 2015, 3S.TV, which is funded by donations from civil society organisations and small businesses, has been subjected to persecution and attacks, culminating in the withdrawal of Savik Shuster’s right to work as a result of what the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) a calls a “fabricated criminal case”.
The "Savik Shuster studio", has also come in for some criticism in Ukraine from politicians, media experts and civil society representatives relating to the selection of the guests and topics of the programs. However, the IFJ said this does not mean that Savik Shuster or anyone else should be deprived of the right to practice journalism, enjoy freedom of expression or have the right to present different points of view.
The NUJU and various media NGOs have documented a growing number of violations of media rights and have now issued a strong call to the international community to support their campaign to stop pressure, persecutions and repressions on 3S.TV, independent media and journalists in Ukraine.