‘Hybrid Censorship’ During the ‘Hybrid War’: Freedom of Speech and Expression in the Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

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  • Plats: Institute for Russian and Eurasien Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
  • Föreläsare: Mykola Riabchuk is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and a lecturer at the University of Warsaw and Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.
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Recently Ukrainian authorities have been criticized by international watchdogs for the decline of freedom of speech and of the media. The issue has split Ukrainian civil society in two parts with one firmly standing for unrestrained freedom of speech, while the other tending to justify the need to protect themselves from the various actors that have increasingly learned how to use (dis)information

Within the past few years, the Ukrainian authorities have been heavily criticized by international watchdogs and independent observers for some legal steps and practical policies that allegedly curtail freedom of speech and access to information in the country. The government and its supporters argue, however, that the policies are justified by the actual situation of war waged by the neighboring Russia against Ukraine and have nothing to do with a censorship in a conventional sense but, rather, represents a defensive measure against the enemy’s propaganda, subversion, and provocative disinformation. The issue evokes a heated debate in Ukrainian civil society since one part of it firmly stands for unrestrained freedom of speech as indispensable for modern democracy, while the other part tends to recognize the need of today’s democracies to protect themselves from the rogue individuals, groups, and regimes that have increasingly learned how to weaponize media and (dis)information for their malevolent goals.

Mykola Riabchuk is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and a lecturer at the University of Warsaw and Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Since 2014, he heads also the Ukrainian PEN-center and chairs the jury of the “Angelus” international literary award. Dr. Riabchuk penned several books and many articles on civil society, state/nation building, nationalism, national identity, and postcommunist transition in Eastern Europe, particularly in Ukraine. Five of his books were translated into Polish, and one into French (De la petit Russie a l’Ukraine, 2003), German (Die reale und die imaginierte Ukraine, 2005), and Hungarian (A ket Ukraina, 2015). His work was distinguished with a number of national and international awards and fellowships, including Fulbright (1994-96, 2016), Reagan-Fascell (2011), and EURIAS (2013-14). Dr. Riabchuk is a visiting scholar at IRES during 1-31 October.