• Provincial reporters targeted in a series of attacks; editor reported missing.
• Television journalists continue to face heavy political influence.
1: Mastermind identified in Gongadze murder. Prosecutors stir controversy by blaming only a dead official for the plot.
The disappearance of a critical editor, a series of violent attacks, and several instances of politicized government regulation fueled deteriorating press freedom conditions. Authorities brought charges against another suspect in the 2000 murder of editor Georgy Gongadze, but they ended their long investigation amid controversy by naming a dead official as the sole mastermind.