Sunday, October 15, 2006

Constrast that to press freedom in Ukraine ...

According to Ukrayinska Pravda, in October 2007 the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council (PACE) may stop monitoring Ukraine.

However, I see it as a call for cautious optimism rather than complacency....

.... drawing on other countries’ experience the PACE will discontinue its monitoring only after having guarantees of the irreversibility of positive changes in Ukraine.

Speaking about investigation of Georgiy Gongadze case, [PACE co-rapporteur on Ukraine Hanne] Severinsen claims that its exposure will not necessarily lead to removal of the PACE monitoring. Yet the PACE observes how Ukraine carries out investigation of the case and whether the authorities have the political will to disclose those who ordered Georgiy’s abduction.

Ukraine has radically improved the situation with the freedom of speech, but it strongly needs public broadcasting. The current situation with mass-media is complicated by the fact that nobody knows the actual owners of the television channels and who are behind them. ...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I still hope that PACE remains in Ukraine for at least another decade, just in case. Extra accountability is a plus. On a different note, YouTube has a video of celebration in Lviv on 750th anniversary; it is pretty amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CS6dZ9D4bE - Taras

Pawlina said...

Thanks for sharing that You Tube video, Taras. It *is* pretty amazing.