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

The Ukrainian website 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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