Journalists protest Ukrainian postal service's refusal to distribute newspaper
In January 2018, the major Ukrainian-language newspaper Express was blocked from distribution for the second time this year. According to the media, the state-run postal service refused to deliver the paper to readers, claiming that the publisher had failed to sign a new agreement with them. For its part, Express has said that the terms of the agreement are unacceptable. In response to the blockade on its distribution, Express journalists organised a protest bringing 180 copies of the 4th issue of the newspaper to construct a symbolic wall at the regional state administration building.
In December, thousands took to the streets of Kyiv calling for Saakashvili's release and for the current president's impeachment. Former Georgian president turned Ukrainian politician, Saakashvili was arrested over allegations of conspiracy to overthrow President Poroshenko.
On 2nd January 2018, a significant protest took place in over the murder of a Ukrainian activist, lawyer and human rights defender Irina Nozdrovskaya. Protesters demanded a thorough investigation and for those responsible to be held accountable. Nozdrovskaya had previously received threats and was disappeared on 29th December 2017. Her body was found in a river on 1st January 2018 and a criminal investigation is underway.
A lawyer murdered for fearlessly confronting criminal corruption becomes a symbol of Ukraine's ongoing struggle for dignity. The authorities must now answer a simple question: who represents the real Ukraine, Irina Nozdrovskaya or her killers?https://t.co/tVuCPkRfoo— Business Ukraine mag (@Biz_Ukraine_Mag) January 5, 2018
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