Journalists and editor-in-chief left the newspaper “Krymskie novosti”
The collective of the weekly “Krymskie novosti” left the edition. The appeal of the collective of the informational-analytical weekly “Krymskie novosti” was published on the first page of the last issue of this influential Crimean edition. The journalists stated that they, together with their editor-in-chief Natalya Panasenko, left the newspaper because of the pressure exerted on them by the owners of the newspaper. The weekly is published since 2001, now its run is 8500 thousand copies, it is very popular and influential in the political and power circles of the autonomous republic. By the unofficial information, the newspaper is owned by the persons close to Crimean prime-minister Sergey Kunitsyn. Along with the comparatively unbiased analysis of the political situation in the region and throughout the country, “Krymskie novosti” conducted journalists investigations. The materials about the misuses connected with the land at the Southern coast of the Crimea were very resonant. After the publication of these materials the journalists were threatened more than once, and one of them, Oleksey Ermolin, was even attacked by strangers.
2 July 2003, Institute of mass information, «Barometr svobody slova», July 2003