Wave of Repression against Independent Crimean Journalists

The Russian occupation authorities have launched a new offensive, this time against journalists from the Centre for Investigative Journalism, possibly following an article about Crimeans fighting in Donbas and their hope for Crimea’s return to Ukraine | detail

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Why is Facebook Still Blocking Those Fighting Propaganda?

Facebook did it again on Wednesday and blocked a vital source of information about pro-Russian propaganda, hate speech and Internet troll activity in Polish, especially material supporting Russian aggression in Ukraine.  | detail

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Scandalous bill proposing criminal liability for criticism of authorities withdrawn

There had been outcry from media representatives about the "legally illiterate" draft bill tabled recently which was seriously proposing to defend ‘the authority of the country’ by criminalizing criticism. | detail

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Why did Facebook block a Russian Propaganda Watchdog?

The near closure of an important Polish initiative countering pro-Russian propaganda this week should serve as a salutary lesson, not least for Facebook, whose complaints system proved unprepared for a well-coordinated attempt to remove a social network resource exposing inconvenient truths | detail

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New Weapon against Dissent in Crimea: ‘Ideology of Terrorism’

Try defining ‘the ideology of terrorism’, and it should be clear why there are real grounds for concern over new measures to counter such ideology that have been announced in Russian-occupied Crimea. Only the coating is new, since the essence is Soviet and aimed at crushing dissent | detail

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Journalist facing dubious ‘treason’ charges exchanged for Ukrainian soldiers

Andriy Zakharchuk, the Ukrainian journalist charged most controversially with ‘state treason’ over his work for Russian media has been freed in exchange for Ukrainian prisoners of war held by Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas. While the release of 139 Ukrainian soldiers was wonderful news, Zakharchuk’s inclusion in the deal is not only questionable, but also an unfortunate propaganda coup for Russia | detail

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Silencing ‘hostile’ media? Crimean News Agency refused licence

Russia’s media regulator has turned down independent QHA Crimean News Agency’s application for a licence. This comes just days after Russian-installed ‘prime minister’ Sergei Aksyonov made it clear that ‘hostile’ media who talk of a return to Ukrainian control, etc. have no place in annexed Crimea | detail

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Ukrainian blogger to remain in detention on dubious ‘treason’ charges

The Ivano-Frankivsk regional court of appeal on Feb 14 upheld a ruling which has provoked serious criticism from human rights organizations, including Amnesty International | detail

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Ukraine follows Russia in dubious ‘State treason’ arrests

In the last week two Ukrainian journalists have been detained on suspicion of committing ‘state treason’, with the latest arrest and detention of Andrei Zakharchuk a particularly ominous development. | detail

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Ukraine’s Parliament votes to dissolve notorious ‘Morality Commission’

The dissolution of this much discredited body is to be welcomed however it can be questioned whether this is enough to bring Ukraine into line with other European countries while the vague and unforeseeable provisions of the law on protection of public morality remain in force. | detail

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Ukrainian blogger accused of treason

A court in Ivano-Frankivsk has remanded controversial blogger Ruslan Kotsaba in custody for 2 months. While journalists are among those condemning Kotsaba’s public pronouncements and actions, his detention and the charges against him – of treason and of obstructing the work of the armed forces - have met with criticism | detail

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Stop the Hybrid Information War: Ukraine’s Parliament bans Russian Films

With Russia spending huge amounts of money and resources on virulent propaganda, claims of a ‘fascist junta’ in Ukraine committing atrocities, etc., Ukraine’s parliament has imposed a blanket ban which is likely to prove contentious | detail

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Armed Offensive against Independent Crimean Tatar TV Channel

Monday’s armed search of TV ATR was the most dramatic, but not the only offensive against the only Crimean Tatar TV channel since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 and appears part of mounting efforts to intimidate, silence or banish Crimean Tatars | detail

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Crimean librarian fined for ‘anti-Russian’ books about Holodomor

In the latest example of Russia’s dangerously broad anti-extremism legislation, the director of a Feodosiya library, now under Russian occupation, has been fined for holding books about the Ukrainian Holodomor, or manmade Famine of 1932/33 | detail

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Firtash – Lyovochkin channel warned over broadcast of anti-Ukrainian Russian stars

16 days after a New Year’s Eve concert with Russian stars notorious for their anti-Ukrainian views and support for Kremlin-backed militants, Ukraine’s Broadcasting Council has announced measures which include checks on possible financing of nationwide TV channels by individuals wanted by the police or believed to be supporting infringements of Ukraine’s territorial integrity. | detail

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Ukraine’s Chief Mufti asks journalists not to publish Charlie Hebdo caricatures

Among Ukrainians condemning the monstrous attack on Charlie Hebdo is Said Ismagilov, Mufti of Muslims of Ukraine. His words deserve to be heard by all those of us whose first reaction was to show solidarity with the slain journalists by publishing Charlie Hebdo cartoons, including those of Muhammad. | detail

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Disturbing twist to (refuted) reports of castrated PoWs

Thankfully the reports circulating about the supposed suicide of one released Ukrainian soldier and castration of others while in captivity have no basis in truth. More worryingly, Ukraine’s SBU has tried to prosecute the person whose comments on her own Facebook page provoked the assertions | detail

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TV Inter Controversy: ‘Truth Ministry’s’ First Act of Censorship?

A quite scandalously inappropriate New Year concert on TV Inter has provoked understandable outrage and some less unequivocal reactions, including from the head of Ukraine’s highly controversial ‘Ministry of Information Policy’ | detail

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Controversial closed hearing in trial of Veremiy murder suspect

Civic activists are outraged over the decision to hold the latest court hearing in the case against one of the men charged over the murder of journalist Viacheslav Veremiy behind closed doors | detail

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Russian Censor threatens to block Ukrainian site

Roskomnadzor, the Russian body effectively responsible for censorship, has threatened to block the Ukrainian website GORDON if it does not remove information about protests planned in Moscow on Jan 15 in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother. Most worryingly, Facebook has already given in to similar demands | detail

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