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Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy by Rosa Balfour

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5 Implementing human rights and democracy: press freedom in Ukraine

5.1 Introduction

The assassination of Georgy Gongadze in 2000 was by no means an isolated episode of physical elimination of an investigative journalist uncovering uncomfortable evidence in Ukraine, where around forty journalists experienced violent deaths during its first decade of independence. Nor was it a unique case in Eastern Europe. A few months earlier, for example, a very similar story caught the attention of international observers following the disappearance of the independent Russian journalist Andrei Babitsky.99

However, the Gongadze case, with its spy-story developments, its role in stimulating an eventually unsuccessful anti-Kuchma movement, and the ensuing ...

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