Beyond the War: Freedom of the Press in Ukraine

Joint event by Kiev Dialogue and The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

13/09/2016 | 08:30 - 10:00 | Berlin Rauchstr. 18 Berlin 10787 | Invitation only

Early Bird Breakfast

Category: Ukraine

In the Early Bird Breakfast the panelists talked about the implementations of reforms in Ukraine to ensure the liberty of press in the country. Although media rights and press freedom exist, Ukrainian Oligarchs influence the media landscape.

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. During the debate the following questions were discussed: 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, chaires the discussion.

Ukrinform, a Ukrainian multimedia platform for broadcasting, reported on this event. Click here to read the article in Ukrainian.

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