Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders takes this opportunity to ask those responsible for investigating journalist Vasyl Klymentyev’s disappearance in August about the latest evidence gathered in the case.In September, Reporters Without Borders voiced concern about the disappearance of a potential witness, the harassment of Klymentyev’s wife and a search of their lawyer’s home without a warrant. At the start of this month, the deputy interior minister acknowledged that one of the leading hypotheses was that Klymentyev’s disappearance was connected with his work.Reporters Without Borders fears that impunity will prevail in the Klymentyev case as it has in the Gongadze murder. The situation for the media and journalists in Ukraine is now very worrying.In the Gongadze case, Gen. Pukach, who headed the interior ministry’s intelligence service, is charged with deliberate homicide with aggravating circumstances (under article 93-C and F of the criminal code) and abuse of authority in the course of performing official duties (under articles 365, 364 and 166). After his arrest in July 2009, Pukach reportedly admitted to strangling and beheading Gongadze on 16 September 2000. The attorney general’s office has said he will be tried next month. In March 2008, three former police officers – Mykola Protasov, Oleksandr Popovich and Valeri Kostenko – were given sentences ranging from 12 to 13 years in prison for their role in Gongadze’s murderAged 31 at the time of his death, Gongadze edited the online newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda, in which he wrote extensively about corruption cases implicating senior members in the government of Leonid Kuchma, who was president from 1994 to 2005. The Ukrainian attorney-general’s office announced yesterday, in a statement issued by its press service, that the investigation into the role that Gen. Oleksiy Pukach, a former intelligence officer, played in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in September 2000 in Kiev has been completed and that the case is being set to trial. Significantly, the statement added that investigators had not succeeded in building a case against any other person in connection with Gongadze’s murder by Pukach on the orders of then interior minister Yuri Kravchenko, who took his own life in unclear circumstances in 2005.“We are utterly perplexed by the attorney general’s statements,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Sending the case against Pukach to trial can be justified on the grounds that the deadline for holding him in pre-trial detention is expiring,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But at the same time, efforts to shed light on all aspects of this murder – in which senior political figures were implicated, as the attorney general’s has itself recognised – have again been obstructed and suppressed.”Like the investigation into journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s 2006 murder in Moscow, the Gongadze murder investigation has been broken up into several components and in both cases this has hindered solving the murder. It is yet one more indication of a lack of will to bring the instigators of these murders to justice. Impunity is like gangrene. As long as it goes unpunished, Gongadze’s murder will continue to fuel the fears of journalists in Ukraine and sustain their feeling that they are not safe. Help by sharing this information UkraineEurope – Central Asia UkraineEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Ukraine Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV to go further News Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Receive email alerts December 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Truth blocked again in Gongadze murder investigation March 26, 2021 Find out more September 7, 2020 Find out more
Sustainable, efficient agricultural practices will be featured at this year’s Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA) annual conference, which will be held at the Tifton Campus Conference Center from Aug. 13-16.During next month’s conference, University of Georgia scientists will share the best practices for producing specialty crops, like citrus fruits, muscadine grapes and pecan trees.“This is an important conference that UGA has the privilege of hosting and participating in. What better way to educate people than to introduce them to the research being done here on the UGA Tifton campus?” said UGA scientist Patrick Conner, who studies pecan tree and muscadine grape breeding.Conference attendees will visit various research sites at UGA-Tifton, including a muscadine grape vineyard and pecan tree orchard, during the field trip portion of the conference on Wednesday, Aug. 16. They’ll also visit the Future Farmstead, an energy-efficient home that features an edible landscape consisting of crops researched and bred at UGA-Tifton.“A lot of people attending this conference want to learn how to grow self-sustaining trees on a small property to provide food for families and friends,” said Jerry Henkin, NNGA conference chairman. “What better way to do that than through a conference like this at UGA-Tifton, where research is impacting people around the world?”This year’s conference includes trips to Fort Valley State University; the U.S. Department of Agriculture station in Byron, Georgia; a tour of the Ellis Bros. Pecans facility in Vienna, Georgia; and a stop at the Horse Creek Winery in Sparks, Georgia.“Our goal in coming to the University of Georgia and south Georgia is to meet people from the Southeast, go over the best ways to grow nuts and fruits, (and to) introduce our members to different crops that are produced in the Southeast as a commercial crop and can be grown in the backyard,” Henkin said.The NNGA consists of people interested in growing and producing nut trees. The members range from experts in nut-tree cultivation to those who are interested in learning to plant a tree.The NNGA meets once a year. Members visit amateur and commercial orchards, experimental and research sites, local nurseries, and nut-processing plants.Those interested in registering for the event can visit the conference’s website at www.nutgrowing.org/meetinfo.htm for more information. Registration is also available the day of the event.