Journalists determine biggest threats to freedom of speech in Ukraine

15:44, 04 September 2008
Ukraine
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Pressure of money, corruption, and indifference of journalists – poll

The biggest threats to the freedom of speech in Ukraine are pressure of money, corruption, and lack of personal position of journalists.

These are the results of a poll carried out by Demokratychni Initiatyvy Foundation and forwarded to UNIAN.

The poll was aimed at establishing journalists’ attitude to the current political crisis in Ukraine and situation with freedom of speech. On the whole, 37 journalists were polled.

According to the results of the poll, journalists rather highly assessed the level of freedom of speech in Ukraine – at 6.64 points out of 10. In the opinion of an absolute majority of mass media representatives, different points of view – both of power and opposition – are present in the informational space of Ukraine.

In the opinion of those polled, the biggest threats to the freedom of speech in Ukraine are the pressure of money and lack of personal position of journalists, as well as their indifference and corruption.

The majority of those polled agreed that journalists in Ukraine are gradually turning into servants of politicians.

An overwhelming majority of journalists believe Ukrainian mass media are responsible to certain extent for the current political crisis in the country. Mass media became a part of the political conflict, because their owners represent different political groups. Besides, media are ready to broadcast any information for money – regardless of whether it is true or false.

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