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EU warns Kuchma against oppression of media
September 17, 2003
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Posted by HW on August 23, 2019

Gongadze
The European Union today marked the third anniversary of murder of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze with a statement deploring lack of progress in investigation into the circumstances of journalist's death, Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

Violent deaths
The statement, approved by the representatives of 15 EU member states and the 10 acceding countries, says that a number of other journalists have met with violent deaths since then and others have been attacked in Ukraine.

Freedom of media
Further, according to the document, wishing to strengthen EU-Ukrainian relations, the EU is incapable of going on, unless Ukraine acts "in conformity with European values and standards." The statement says the freedom of the media and protection of journalists are central to these values.

Commemoration
Yesterday, on September 16, thousands of people across Ukraine commemorated the perished journalist condemning President Leonid Kuchma. Some 3,000 people rallied in the center of Kyiv to mark the anniversary. The country's parliament held a moment of silence in honor of Gongadze.

Kuchma involvement
The opposition has linked Kuchma to disappearance and killing of Heorhiy Gongadze. Kuchma denies involvement in the murder or in any corrupt dealings committed during his reign.
 
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