INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS' NETWORK
November 8, 2004
INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS BACK EMBATTLED COLLEAGUES IN
The world's largest journalists' organization is praising
hundreds of Ukrainian TV journalists who are protesting censorship amid tense
The International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) is urging newspeople worldwide to send messages of support to
the journalists, who say they have been harassed by managers for not supporting
IFJ observers in Kiev report that TV
news coverage improved dramatically after October 30, when many journalists
announced their call for independence at a news conference.
The protests have taken various forms.
The staff of independent Channel 5 - one of the few stations that had been
willing to give airtime to the opposition - went on a weeklong hunger strike. At
least 181 journalists from 18 stations declared they would adhere to
professional ethics, refusing to ignore the opposition. And on October 31,
journalists from six of the largest stations promised to picket any station that
fires its journalists and protest whenever major events go unreported.
"Our colleagues stand tall despite
life-threatening pressures from management and their political masters," IFJ
general secretary Aidan White said in a November 1 release. "Journalists are
showing great courage to defend their rights. We support them every step of the
The protests are taking place amid
nationwide electoral anxiety. In the November 1 presidential vote, both Prime
Minister Viktor Yanukovich and top challenger Viktor Yushchenko received about
40 percent of the vote. Without a majority for either candidate, the country is
preparing for a runoff election November 21. Yanukovich favors a strong state
and closer ties with Russia, while opposition candidate Yushchenko is an
economic liberal who leans toward better relations with the West.
source: IJNet 282
published by: Daniela Mathis email@example.com
date of release on this site 10/11/04