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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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19.01.2016

Russian censor blocks Ukrainian site for refusing to remove interview with Crimean Tatar leader

The Ukrainian website LIGA.net has been added to Russia’s considerable List of Banned Sites after it refused to remove words spoken by exiled Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov about the war with Russia which cannot end until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea | detail

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15.01.2016

Journalist detained & threatened at trial of Crimean Tatar leader

Zair Akadyrov, a well-known Crimean Tatar journalist and blogger, was detained on Friday morning by officials from the so-called ‘Centre for Countering Extremism’ at the trial of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and other Crimean Tatars who are facing legally grotesque charges over a pre-annexation demonstration | detail

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11.01.2016

Facebook bans activist for criticising anti-Semitic - or anti opposition - hate speech

A Polish civic activist has been banned from Facebook for a month after making a critical comment on the Facebook page of Krystyna Pawłowicz, an MP for the ruling Prawo I Sprawiedliwość party [PiS]. | detail

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11.01.2016

Official Impunity over Attack on Journalists exposing Security Service Luxury Lifestyle

Criminal proceedings have been terminated over an attack on anti-corruption journalists investigating the luxury cars driven by members of the SBU, Ukraine’s security service. The SBU is supposed to fight corruption, but first set guards onto the journalists, then resorted to threats to try to prevent their program being broadcast. | detail

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04.01.2016

Final Curtain For Embattled Crimean Children’s Theatre

A popular children’s drama school that staged Ukrainian-language plays in Crimea is shutting down after what its founders describe | detail

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30.12.2015

FSB & Cossacks carry out raid on Crimean Tatar village over Ukrainian symbols

The 25 or so Crimean Cossacks who carried out a raid on Crimean Tatar homes on Dec 28 were accompanied by officers from Russia’s FSB and ‘Centre for Countering Extremism’. | detail

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03.12.2015

Crimean Tatar human rights activist accused of ‘extremism’

Emir Huseyn Kuku, a member of the Contact Group on Human Rights, is under investigation in Russian-occupied Crimea over material posted on his Facebook page. He is accused of “extremist” publications and if convicted, would face a sentence of up to 5 years imprisonment. | detail

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26.11.2015

Important media privatization bill adopted

Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law which prohibits state bodies and bodies of local self-government owning printed media. This is an important and belated step towards media independence since media owned by the authorities have traditionally placed enormous pressure on editorial teams to report events as suits those in power. | detail

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16.11.2015

Kremlin-backed ‘republic’ bans Ukrainian media

While pressure mounts on Ukraine to agree ‘elections’ in areas under Kremlin-backed militant control, the so-called ‘republics’ are making no pretence of planning to hold them in accordance with democratic standards | detail

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12.10.2015

Lviv Official loses her Post over Criticism of the Church’s Role

Iryna Mahdysh, Head of the Lviv Department of Culture, was forced to resign on Oct 7 after Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy made it clear he would not support her and ‘apologized’ for opinions she had expressed which offended many believers. | detail

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07.10.2015

‘Criminal Sabotage’ to the Information War in Donbas

Civic activists have criticised Ukraine’s government and especially the Ministry of Information Policy over the failure to restore Ukrainian television and radio broadcasting in areas of Donbas freed from Kremlin-backed militant control | detail

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06.10.2015

Russian Censor Blocks Two Independent Crimean Internet Publications

Both Sobytiya Kryma and the Centre for Journalist Investigations are independent and present both an alternative view of events in Crimea, and information that will not be found in the mainstream Crimean media - about human rights infringements, for example. | detail

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25.09.2015

More needed than 8-man ‘task force’ against lethal Russian state propaganda

The West has done next to nothing to counter Russia’s state-controlled propaganda machine with its vicious warmongering and lies. Zhanna Nemtsova’s call for sanctions against those whose incitement to hatred and violence led to her father’s murder outside the Kremlin were heard, reported - and ignored. | detail

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18.09.2015

Ukraine shoots itself in the foot with unexplained sanctions

Ukraine’s fiasco over its seemingly arbitrary sanctions on journalists is especially frustrating as it has effectively blurred legitimate objections to the role of media workers, mostly from Russia, whose coverage of events in Donbas, for example, has nothing to do with journalism. | detail

Visits 3308
18.09.2015

Ukrainian lawyer stripped of licence for expressing critical views

Andriy Vyshnevsky, Director of the Justice Ministry’s Legal Aid Coordination Centre has been stripped of his licence to practise as an attorney following critical comments about Ukraine’s National Bar Association. There is particular irony in the fact that his criticism was given - and not well received - during a conference on judicial reform. | detail

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17.09.2015

Georgy Gongadze remembered; questions still unanswered

Remembrance gatherings on Sept 16, the 15th anniversary of Georgy Gongadze’s murder were held in Kyiv and other cities, with the current government coming under fire not only for the ongoing failure to punish Gongadze’s killers, but for the huge number of other attacks that go unpunished. | detail

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