Journalists’ rights most infringed in Crimea and Donetsk region


Monitoring carried out by the Institute for Mass Information from May 17 to 23 found the largest number of infringements under the category ‘physical aggression’, with 18 cases recorded.  Cases where journalists come under fire have become more frequent.

Donetsk oblast

For the third week in a row it is journalists from the Donetsk region who have come under the greatest pressure with 8 cases of physical aggression recorded.

The TV transmitting station near Slovyansk in the Donetsk region came under fire from pro-Russian militants twice.

A helicopter carrying journalists from TV Donbas came under fire.

Armed members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] seized a car with some of the print run of the Independent Miners Union newspaper.

In Artemivsk DPR supports seized the city council and obstructed journalists.

“Public Television of the Donetsk oblast” received threats of physical reprisals, and two Mariupol journalists have decided to leave the city after receiving threats.

Ukrainian TV channels and radio stations are constantly being cut off.  In Donetsk for unknown reasons almost all Ukrainian radio stations have disappeared.


Journalists are constantly coming under physical pressure.

Journalist Osman Pashaev has been forced to leave the Crimea after being detained and beaten up on May 18 (see: Osman Pashaev leaves Crimea)

The FSB detained Polish Gazeta Wyborcza journalist Wacław Radziwinowicz (see: FSB detains Polish journalist in Crimea over ‘anti-Russian texts’

Russian OMON [riot police] detained Artur Moryakov, cameraman for the Reality Project, who was reporting on the remembrance ceremonies marking the seventieth anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People.

Pyotr Ruzanov from the Russian TV channel Dozhd was beaten and detained by so-called ‘self-defence’ vigilantes in Simferopol.

In Vinnytsa, the editor and press photographer for Vinnytsa Info were obstructed when trying to film in the Batkivshchyna party office and ordered to delete the footage.

The head of the regional administration Ivan Demykhin (Batkivshchyna) gave the editor of Lypovetski News a talking to over critical articles.

Rivne – an attack on Inter journalist Inna Biletska

Kherson – an attempt to take Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] journalist Kateryna Ponomarenko’s video recorder away from her in the offices of the territorial election commission.

The Luhansk website Luhansk. Komentari, and Bukovyna site Buknews were hacked.

Russia restricted access on its territory to the Mykolaiv Internet publication Prestupnosti.NET after it public information that Russians were planning mass protests in Moscow on May 18 against Vladimir Putin’s policies.

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