Press release

Ukraine: Fire at ‘TV Inter’ Threatens Media Freedom

In response to demonstrations and a fire at the headquarters of Inter TV in Kyiv, Freedom House issued a statement.

Washington, D.C.

In response to demonstrations and a fire at the headquarters of Inter TV in Kyiv, Freedom House issued the following statement:
 
"Attacks on media outlets and journalists should not be tolerated by Ukraine’s government or the public, whatever the editorial viewpoint of a TV station, newspaper, or website,” said Robert Herman, vice president for international programs. “Building and safeguarding a genuinely free press requires protecting all points of view, which the protestors who set fire to TV Inter’s headquarters ignored.”
 
Background

On Sept. 4, 2016, a group of some 20 demontrators set fire to the headquarters of TV Inter, injuring several journalists and damaging the main newsroom. The station, owned by Dmytro Firtash, is regarded as pro-Russia in its coverage of events in Ukraine.

Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2015, and receives a democracy score of 4.68 on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2016.