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Beyond the War: Freedom of the Press in Ukraine


The issue of press freedom in Ukraine is a cause for discussion in Europe: though in many areas Ukrainian journalists are able work free from government constraints, oligarchs continue to have a significant influence on reporting. The murder of Pavel Sheremet, one of Ukraine’s best-known journalists, shook the world. Is it possible, however, to reform Ukraine’s media landscape while there is a war taking place? Is it possible to feel safe as a journalist in Ukraine? Where do you draw the line between countering Russian propaganda and obstructing journalistic work? Do media owned by oligarchs pose a threat to press freedom in Ukraine?


Andriy Tsaplienko, Ukrainian war journalist, “1 + 1” television channel

Viktoria Siumar, MP, Chairperson of the Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy,
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Taras Shevchenko, CEO and expert on media law, Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law, Kyiv

Ulrike Gruska, Press Officer and Eastern Europe expert, “Reporters Without Borders”

Julian Röpcke, Political correspondent, BILD

Wilfried Jilge, Program Officer at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, will chaired the discussion.

The event was held in English. The programm of the event you can find here

We thank the DGAP and the Embassy of Ukraine in Berlin for the support.