Attacks on the Press
• Broadcast media face strong political pressure.
• Ex-Interior Ministry official arrested in Gongadze murder.
5: Years since the Orange Revolution. Optimism has since dimmed.
A deep recession, tensions with neighboring Russia, and a coming presidential election placed greater stress on the country’s already weak and fractured political leadership. While the media remained freer and more pluralistic than in most post-Soviet countries, journalists struggled to report on widespread government corruption and other abuses. A chaotic and sometimes dangerous environment for journalists increased the prevalence of self-censorship.