Visitors to Eurasian countries — Turkey, Russia, Ukraine or, to a lesser extent, Azerbaijan — might be impressed by the sheer number of domestic television channels that offer news programming. But all the coverage doesn’t translate into media plurality.
From the beginning of 2017 until April 2018, 143 reports of blocked access, in which journalists were expelled from a location or prevented from speaking to a source, were submitted to Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project.
There’s currently no good way for journalists to travel to Crimea. Rather, it’s a balancing act where one has to choose the least worst solution
The current conflict has led to a rise in anti-media sentiments across Ukraine
Journalists are facing increased difficulties and monitoring when reporting from two self-proclaimed republics in Ukraine’s separatist areas.
Alongside the digitalisation of journalism comes the increasing danger of cyber-attacks on media workers, as recent attacks on Ukrainian journalists have shown