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12.05.2016

Outrage as Anti-Militant Website Publishes List of Journalists Working in Donbas

Ukrainian and foreign journalists are demanding that the controversial website Myrotvorets removes a list of journalists who have received ‘accreditation’ for work in areas under Kremlin-backed militant control. Accreditation in no way suggests support for the militants and many of these journalists have ensured publication of vital information, including about the downing of MH17 and war crimes | detail

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11.05.2016

5 years for a red flag? Controversial decommunization law used against Ukrainian veterans

The violent attempts by far-right activists to prevent Cherkasy veterans unfurling a communist flag on Victory Day took a curious turn on May 9, one that could result in Ukraine losing yet another case at the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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09.05.2016

Ukrainian anarchist accused of trying to overthrow the State with leaflets

If Ukraine’s Security Service had publicly warned that a tiny group of anarchists could be seeking to “destabilize the situation in the country”, they would have elicited a smile or two. Instead they initiated criminal proceedings, and on extremely serious charges. | detail

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02.05.2016

Crimean journalist faces 5-year sentence for ‘separatism’

Mykola Semena, a Crimean freelance journalist has been formally charged with making ‘calls to violate the Russian Federation’s territorial integrity’ and could face a 5-year sentence. The charges are under an article of the Russian Criminal Code introduced in May 2014, and are, as feared, being used to try to silence pro,test over Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. | detail

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27.04.2016

Concern extends beyond Ukraine over suspect measures against journalist Savik Shuster

A journalist whose flight to Ukraine from freedom of speech restraints in Russia was widely publicized 11 years ago has suddenly been denied a work permit in Ukraine, and on highly questionable grounds. Who is behind this move is unclear, but nobody seriously believes the pretext given for the move, and that already does Ukraine’s reputation no good. | detail

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21.04.2016

Crackdown On RFE/RL’s Crimea Site Sparks International Condemnation

The latest clampdown on a Crimea news site run by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has drawn international condemnation, with the United States denouncing it as "the Russian government’s growing crackdown on independent voices" on the annexed peninsula. | detail

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20.04.2016

Russia to block vital Radio Svoboda Crimean Service, journalist could face 5-year sentence

Mykola Semena, a journalist now writing for Radio Svoboda’s Crimean Service, is facing charges of making ‘calls to violate the Russian Federation’s territorial integrity’ under a relatively new article of the Criminal Code long expected to be used to silence protest and truthful words about Russia’s annexation of Crimea. | detail

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15.04.2016

Ukrainian prosecutor insists it’s OK to assault anti-corruption journalists

The Kyiv Garrison Military Prosecutor’s Office has for the second time terminated a criminal investigation into overt obstruction of the work of anti-corruption journalists. Important as the original investigation into suspiciously expensive cars driven by SBU [Security Service] officials was, it might have been forgotten were it not for the prosecutor’s stubborn resistance to carrying out the promised criminal investigation | detail

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13.04.2016

Protest silenced in Potemkin style for Poroshenko visit to Donbas

The promises to restore people’s homes, devastated by the war, were made only two years ago, the reaction on the eve of a visit by President Poroshenko pure Soviet | detail

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01.04.2016

Ukraine must not become like Russia – Free Journalist & Blogger Ruslan Kotsaba!

However objectionable we may find somebody’s views, it is Russia who is imprisoning its citizens for expressing opinions and Ukraine should not follow suit. The charges of state treason against blogger and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba are manifestly unwarranted | detail

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23.03.2016

Russian Journalists Sent to Be Killed

Russia’s use of the death of two journalists for its high-profile trial in Russia of Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian military pilot captured in Ukraine seems particularly cynical given the total silence over the deaths of other Russian journalists, including one who was almost certainly deliberately sent to his death. | detail

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17.03.2016

Pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips detained in Riga

Graham Phillips, a Briton well-known for his propaganda coverage in excruciatingly bad Russian of the Kremlin-provoked and armed conflict in Donbas, has been detained by police in Riga. This has given pro-Kremlin media a particular boost with Phillips himself claiming he was simply standing and filming ‘fascists’. | detail

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03.03.2016

Honouring Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko banned in Russian-occupied Crimea

The de facto authorities under Russian occupation have refused to allow the traditional gathering in Simferopol on March 9. Gatherings to lay flowers and read Taras Shevchenko’s works required courage under the Soviet regime and could result in arrests. For Crimea under Russian occupation those times have returned. | detail

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02.03.2016

Ukraine’s Government Bans Criticism “To Restore Public Trust”

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has come up with a solution for fighting all the ills like corruption and lack of reform that are seriously damaging the country’s reputation. They have issued a resolution which demands that civil servants, and even the heads of state enterprises refrain from publicly criticizing the authorities and public officials | detail

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01.03.2016

Ukraine’s shame if vital Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR now closes

It is almost a year since Russia tried to silence the unique Crimean Tatar television channel ATR, forcing it to close in Russian-occupied Crimea. Relaunched in Kyiv, the channel is now again in danger and, gallingly, this time it is inaction from the Ukrainian government which is jeopardizing the channel’s existence | detail

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25.02.2016

Journalist named Ukraine’s First Prisoner of Conscience in 5 years

Amnesty International has named Ukrainian freelance journalist and blogger Ruslan Kotsaba a prisoner of conscience in its latest report. The NGO’s coverage of events in Donbas and Crimea can be disputed, but its assessment of Kotsaba’s ongoing imprisonment over contentious utterances but on even more dubious charges seems depressingly fair | detail

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09.02.2016

Scandalous French ‘Masks of the Revolution’ film gets Russian ‘human rights’ award

If Russian involvement in the making of French filmmaker Paul Moreira’s “Masks of the Revolution’ remains in question, there can be no doubt about the Russian propaganda drive now underway. The undisputed coup comes in the ‘human rights award’ to the creators of this film about Euromaidan and other events in Ukraine over the last two years “for courage and professionalism”. | detail

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02.02.2016

On “The masks of the Revolution” – and on the ethics of journalism

Sébastien Gobert writes that he feels insulted as a French journalist living in Kyiv by the “compilation of factual mistakes, exaggerations and misleading set-ups in Moreira’s film “Les Masques de la Révolution” | detail

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25.01.2016

So can you annex a country’s territory & jail those who criticize this for ‘separatism’?

The European Court of Human Rights will be judging whether criticism of Russia’s forced annexation of Crimea constitutes a ‘public call to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’ and warranted the 3-year sentence passed on Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov | detail

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20.01.2016

Security Service guard found guilty of unlawfully detaining anti-corruption journalists

Despite one small but important victory, protection of journalists carrying out their work remains on paper, with the norm criminalizing obstruction of journalists in their work seldom applied. Most worryingly such impunity continues in cases where journalists have been exposing alleged corruption by law enforcement officials. | detail

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