Russia banned from owning Ukrainian media in vital move to media transparency

Ukraine has taken an urgently needed step towards ensuring that the public know who is behind the news they receive. With media transparency increasingly understood as having impact on national security, it is no accident that the law now passed prohibits residents of an aggressor state from owning corporate rights in Ukrainian broadcasting companies. | detail

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Another Crimean blogger interrogated by FSB over Facebook post

Sevastopol blogger Iryna Gorelikova has reported being hauled in for questioning after she shared a link on Facebook about Mustafa Dzhemiliev, the veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP whom Russia has banned from his homeland. | detail

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Ukraine’s ban on ‘anti-Ukrainian’ books is a gift for Russian propaganda

In a move of benefit chiefly for Russian propaganda, Ukraine’s Fiscal Service has barred 38 Russian books – by Russian fascist ideologue Alexander Dugin, Edward Limonov, Sergei Glazyev and others - from being imported into Ukraine | detail

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Ukrainian swimmer flees persecution in Crimea: “It’s worse than Soviet times!”

Sevastopol marathon swimmer Oleg Sofyanik has decided to stay in mainland Ukraine after being summoned for questioning about another Ukrainian, Yury Ilchenko who is in detention, seemingly for an article opposing Russia’s occupation of Crimea. | detail

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Convicted of ’hate speech’ for criticizing Russian annexation of Crimea

Mustafa Yagyaev, the imam of a village mosque in Crimea, has received a 2 year suspended sentence and been prohibited from “any activity involving the circulation of information” after three colleagues claimed that he had made comments about Crimea returning to Ukraine, Russians, etc | detail

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Crimea’s journalists in exile as Russia muzzles free press

"Journalists and journalism are under attack in Crimea now. This has to stop. When critical journalists are silenced to the last one it will mark the end of independent journalism in the region, and my fellow Crimeans will be left face-to-face with lawlessness and Russian propaganda. The world must not let this happen." | detail

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17-year-old Crimean charged with ‘extremism’ for social network entries

Yet another anonymous Crimean is facing criminal charges on unclear charges in Russian-occupied Crimea, this time a teenager | detail

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Unjustified Takedown of Facebook Accounts Critical of Russia Threatens Free Expression

Amid an ever-growing trend of Russian internet censorship, PEN American Center and PEN Ukraine are gravely concerned by reports that Facebook has removed content and deactivated or suspended accounts of Ukrainian and Russian users critical of the Putin regime. | detail

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Vital Crimean Tatar Channel ATR renews broadcasting from Kyiv

Two and a half months after ATR. the unique Crimean Tatar TV channel, and most Crimean Tatar media were silenced in Russian-occupied Crimea, ATR and children’s channel Lale have begun broadcasting from Kyiv. The response from the occupation authorities has been predictably hostile | detail

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Militants detain, beat and ’deport’ independent Russian journalist

Pavel Kanygin had a gun put to his head and was beaten a day after he reported the first serious protest against the militants’ shelling in Donetsk, and the same day that he and 8 others were reported to have challenged Putin’s decree classifying information about military losses in Ukraine | detail

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Protest over bill that could silence investigations into military corruption

A new bill proposing criminal liability for something fuzzily referred to as “information support for terrorism” has been roundly condemned by the Stop Censorship movement and Ukraine’s most prominent media organizations | detail

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Special Zombie Status? Kremlin-backed ’republics’ block all independent media

Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas have taken another step to prevent Ukrainians in militant-controlled areas from learning about Russian military involvement in the war in Donbas, criminal dealings by rival militant gangs, etc. The blanket censorship coincides with their demand for ‘special status’ as integral parts of Ukraine | detail

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Ukraine dissolves notorious ‘Public Morality Commission’

The Cabinet of Ministers has at long last issued a decision envisaging the dissolution within 5 months of Ukraine’s anachronistic commission on ‘protecting public morality’. It is a welcome move but one that should have gone further since the dangerously vague law which the Commission was created to police remains intact. | detail

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Ukraine’s Old and New Enemies of the Press

There are old names in the newly published list of this year’s Enemies of the Press, as well as poignantly appropriate new categories to cover the grave threats to press freedom in Russian-occupied Crimea and in the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’. | detail

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United in Homophobic Bigotry: Right Sector echoes Russian anti-LGBT line

On the eve of a planned Equality March through Kyiv, the leader and other members of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Right Sector party have come out with anti-LGBT and anti-western statements identical to those regularly churned out by their ideological opponents in Russia | detail

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President signs dangerously flawed ‘decommunization’ laws

President Poroshenko has signed highly contentious laws one of which effectively criminalizes public expression of views held by many Ukrainians. The assurance given that a bill will be tabled to rectify some of the problems appears to refer to only one of the laws and begs the question of why faulty laws should be signed into law before being corrected | detail

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Concern over SBU searches and interrogation of Odesa journalists

Searches and interrogations were carried out on Thursday of journalists from the Odesa-based anti-government Internet publication Timer, including the Chief Editor, Yury Tkachov. The SBU appears to have launched a criminal investigation over alleged separatism | detail

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"Decommunization" Laws: Deeply Divisive and Destined for Strasbourg

If the President signs into force the “decommunization” laws, European Court of Human Rights judgements against Ukraine will be only a matter of time. The message given to a significant percentage of Ukrainians, especially in Donbas, will be that their views are not respected and must be changed. | detail

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Crimean “Patriots” called on to denounce opponents of annexation to FSB

Leaflets circulated in Simferopol are calling on “citizens of Russia” to report people who opposed annexation or who took part in the Crimean EuroMaidan to the FSB. While maybe not initiated by the FSB, the leaflets are quite in line with recent efforts to find ‘victims’ so as to prosecute opponents of annexation. | detail

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Well-known Crimean blogger summoned for interrogation

Ukrainian blogger and civic activist Liza Bohutska who was driven from her home in Crimea last September after a major search and hours of interrogation has been summoned by the FSB for questioning at the ‘Centre for Countering Extremism’ in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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