OSCE Media Rep collaborates with Russia on propaganda event in Moscow
An OSCE conference has taken place in Moscow and been very widely covered by Russian state-controlled media. This is hardly surprising, given the clear propaganda benefit for Russia from the event on 6 November, initiated by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Ukrainian court orders TV Hromadske to retract correct description of C14 as ‘neo-Nazi’
Unless overturned by the Supreme Court, this ruling could force journalists and civic activists to censor themselves or face similar defamation suits for stating what they have every reason to believe is the truth.
Solitary confinement in torture-like conditions for reporting on human rights abuse in occupied Crimea
Server Mustafayev, human rights activist and one of the coordinators of the Crimean Solidarity initiative, has been imprisoned since May 2018, with the last month and a half or more in conditions that amount to torture
Ex-Yanukovych aide Portnov divulges personal data in aggressive attack against Skhemy investigative journalists
Controversial politician Andriy Portnov has published personal data of journalists from the Skhemy: Corruption in Details program carrying out an investigation into his alleged links with people in government and is threatening more ‘disclosures
Ukrainian gets suspended sentence for T-shirt with Soviet symbol
This is the second known criminal conviction made possible by a highly controversial law on decommunization which is likely to be slammed by the European Court of Human Rights
Russian FSB uses torture & threats for total Internet snooping in occupied Crimea
The FSB have total and uncontrolled access to information about the sites that a person visits, as well as to his activities in Russian social media
Ukrainian journalist Haivoronsky jailed in occupied Crimea for failing to treat politically motivated ‘drug dependence’
Yevhen Haivoronsky, a journalist and blogger from occupied Yatla, has been jailed for 15 days after allegedly having his head banged against a police car several times during his detention
Ukrainian Skhemy anti-corruption journalists face search after refusing to comply with sweeping divulgence demand
A court in Kyiv has ordered that the Skhemy investigative journalist team give full access to the State Bureau of Investigations of a huge amount of information, on threat of the information being forcibly obtained if they do not comply
Donbas militants ‘sentence’ journalist Stanislav Aseyev to 15 years for ‘spying’ & ‘extremism’
The bizarre charges from a criminal code which is not recognized by any dem
Crimean Solidarity civic journalist gets prison sentence for reporting political trials in Russian-occupied Crimea
A Russian court has sentenced Crimean Tatar civic journalist Nariman Memedeminov to two and a half years’ imprisonment, nominally for three innocuous YouTube videos, though in fact for reporting on political repression in occupied Crimea
Journalist Stanislav Aseyev held in Russian-controlled Donetsk ‘concentration camp’ for writing the truth
Stanislav Aseyev is turning 30 on 1 October, his third birthday imprisoned for his writing in occupied Donetsk
Russia demands 6-year sentence for reporting persecution in occupied Crimea #FreeMemedeminov
A Russian prosecutor has proposed imprisoning civic journalist Nariman Memedeminov for six years, with the formal charges against him pertaining to three totally harmless YouTube videos, two of which pre-dated Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea
Why does OSCE give Russia’s Crimean collaborators a platform for Kremlin propaganda?
Ukrainian delegates to the OSCE’s annual Human Dimensions Implementation Meeting walked out of the session on 17 September in protest over Crimean collaborators using the occasion to push Russian propaganda about Crimea; Crimean Tatars and Ukraine, including the claim that Crimea ‘is Russian’.
Why is another killing of a journalist in Ukraine going unanswered?
Over five years after the abduction and murder of Cherkasy journalist and Maidan activist Vasyl Serhiyenko, the suspected perpetrators are being released from detention one by one, and no charges have been brought over the commissioning of the killing
Russia brings tanks, weapons and its very own censorship to occupied Luhansk
One of the first steps that the Russian and Russian armed militants took on seizing control of Donbas cities in 2014 was to remove all access to Ukrainian television. Over the following months and years, Internet websites were also blocked
Supporter of Yanukovych ‘dictatorship laws’ to head Ukraine Parliamentary Freedom of Speech Committee
Nestor Shufrych, a former cabinet minister under President Viktor Yanukovych who voted for the notorious ‘dictatorship laws’ in January 2014, has been appointed chair of the parliamentary Freedom of Speech Committee.
‘Russian language moratorium’ headed for Strasbourg after Supreme Court reinstatement
A highly questionable moratorium on something called ‘Russian language cultural product’ has been reinstated after the Supreme Court quashed the rulings which had found the moratorium unlawful.
Ukrainian far-right C14 win ‘defamation’ suit over rightly being called neo-Nazi
‘C14’, a Ukrainian far-right group, considered by most experts to be neo-Nazi, has won a defamation suit against Hromadske TV over the latter’s description of it as neo-Nazi in a tweet
Poland’s Government uses ‘Public TV’ as a propaganda tool to win the elections. Will the EU react?
Poland may be in the European Union, but its public television broadcaster, TVP, is using techniques we are more accustomed to seeing on Kremlin-funded Russian television