Free Media Awards 2012
Ukrainskyi Tyzhden, Ukraine

The weekly magazine Ukrainskyi Tyzhden, published in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, and its editor-in-chief Sergey Litvinenko, have charted a pro-European course.

That is also true of the monthly English-language international version Ukrainian Week. The growing pressures on independent media in Ukraine also affect a Ukrainian-language magazine like Ukrainskyi Tyzhden.

There are distribution problems in the eastern part of the country in particular, and partial shipments are confiscated. When confronted with this, it has been important for Litvinenko and his editorial committee to strengthen the independent national awareness of their readership – not for nationalistic reasons, but rather as a signal in the direction of Europe.

Ukrainskyi Tyzhden was nominated by the Goethe Institute in Ukraine.