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Concerns about freedom of speech in Ukraine proliferate. It will be one of the main agenda items at an EU-Ukraine summit in Kiev on 12 October. For the EU, a free media is a critical indicator of a country's commitment to democratic values. It is a prerequisite for any accession state: the EU has enough trouble with existing member-states over media freedoms and rule-of-law violations.

Yet for Ukraine it remains a stumbling block. 2020 saw the worst escalation in intimidation and violence towards journalists since the Euro-Maidan and the EU Association Agreement in 2014. More recently, the Government has shut-down three independent, Russian-speaking TV channels and sanctioned a popular blogger. This has prompted criticism from the UN, OSCE and leading European and US politicians.

Are these acts of national security to defend Ukrainian sovereignty, as President Zelenky insists, or plain old political censorship? How does the President use the National Security and Defence Council (the agency that enacted the shut-downs) in accordance with international law? In the longer run, is it possible for Ukraine to develop an independent, pluralistic media landscape free from politically motivated persecution?


  • John Whittingdale MP (MODERATOR: Conservative MP for Maldon at UK Parliament)

    John Whittingdale MP

    MODERATOR: Conservative MP for Maldon at UK Parliament

    John Whittingdale was appointed Minister of State for Media and Data in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 14 February 2020.

    He previously served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from May 2015 until 14 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Maldon in 1992.

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  • Alexis Guedj (Lawyer)

    Alexis Guedj


    Alexis Guedj heads a team of lawyers in Paris who recently produced a legal opinion on the legality of the Ukrainian Government’s recent decrees against opposition media channels. Alexis specialises in the law of the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly in Article 10, and also international criminal law, humanitarian law and human rights at European and international level. He is legal adviser to the National Union of Journalists in France and the International Federation of Journalists

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  • Mark Pritchard (Conservative MP for the Wrekin and current Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine)

    Mark Pritchard

    Conservative MP for the Wrekin and current Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine

    Mark Andrew Pritchard PC is a British Conservative politician and consultant. He has been the Member of Parliament for The Wrekin in Shropshire since the 2005 general election.

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  • Nadia Sass (Journalist at NewsOne/112)

    Nadia Sass

    Journalist at NewsOne/112

    Nadia Sass is a renowned journalist who has worked for various news outlets in Ukraine. Until December 2017, she worked for NewsOne TV channel as a presenter. She was fired by the channel`s previous owner for her critical remarks regarding the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. She then joined 112 Ukraine, where she participated in multiple visits to European institutions aimed at raising international awareness of the poor state of press freedom in Ukraine.

    She had interviews with more than 30 members of the European Parliament, resulting in the tabling of a draft resolution on freedom of the press in Ukraine. After the closure of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne, Sass held two round tables in the European Parliament with participation of more than 10 MEPs – including several from the UK. Both roundtables were broadcasted live at NewsOne, 112.Ukraine and Zik TV.

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