Crimean students fined for supporting Crimean Tatar channel ATR

Two underage students in Simferopol have received heavy fines for trying to make a video clip in support of ATR, a day before the only Crimean Tatar TV channel in the world was forced off air | detail

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Parliament ignores public opinion on Ukraine’s history. Will the President?

Ukrainians are divided in how they view their country’s history. This is confirmed by surveys, but has just been ignored by Ukraine’s parliament which decided it knows how the country’s history should be viewed. If the President does not veto laws just passed, it will become illegal to express other views on certain aspects of Ukraine’s recent history. | detail

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Crimean counter-extremism police search home of ex-ATR cameraman

On April 11 Amet Umerov, former cameraman for the recently silenced Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR was subjected to a search and questioning by officials from the Crimean Centre for Countering Extremism, with this apparently prompted by posts on the social network VKontakte | detail

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Stop Repression in Crimea!

The Ukrainian Center of the International PEN strongly protests against the rising tide of political repression in the Russian-annexed Crimea that encroaches upon basic rights and freedoms including those of speech, opinion, and access to information. | detail

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FSB detain another Crimean journalist

Tatyana Guchakova, former deputy chief editor of Black Sea News has been taken away by FSB officers in Yalta after a 10-hour search of her home | detail

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Crimean journalist interrogated in ominous ‘call to separatism’ prosecution

Fears that a new law brought in shortly after Russia’s annexation of Crimea would be used against journalists are proving well-founded. Former Centre for Investigative Journalism editor Anna Shaidurova was interrogated for 3 hours on Wednesday in supposed connection with a criminal case brought against journalist Anna Andriyevska over an article about volunteers helping the Krym Battalion in Donbas. | detail

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No Questions Asked? Court Releases Tetyana Chornovol’s Attackers

15 months after Tetyana Chornovol, then a EuroMaidan activist and well-known journalist, was savagely beaten and left for dead on the side of the road, two of the men arrested appear to have been convicted of the attack, but released from custody. | detail

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A Farewell to Government-Controlled TV?

During a televised presentation on April 7, President Petro Poroshenko signed a law which should hopefully make public broadcasting a reality in Ukraine, and the First National TV Channel [UTV-1] proved the point by switching to the new public broadcaster logo | detail

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Occupation Regime proposes “Day of Joy” instead of Crimean Tatar Deportation Anniversary

As well as lies about the forced silencing of Crimean Tatar TV ATR and plans to replace it with a malleable pro-regime clone, a top figure in Russian-occupied Crimea has proposed that the “cult” of May 18 – the anniversary of the Deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar People in 1944 should be stopped and Crimeans should instead celebrate a "day of joy" | detail

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‘Anti-terrorist exercises’ as latest intimidation of Crimean Tatars

‘Anti-terrorist exercises’ which clearly targeted Crimean Tatars; further efforts to silence independent voices coincided with plans to create a tame, pro-regime Crimean Tatar channel and the appointment of a former FSB spetsnaz officer with military experience in the Caucuses as head of Russia’s new minorities agency | detail

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Kremlin creates agency for national minorities as it axes Crimean Tatar media

A student fined for supporting ATR has no intention of staying silent, nor do the Crimean Tatar media the occupation regime clearly hopes to stifle. And in the Kremlin it’s lies as usual | detail

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Crimean Tatar TV silenced, searches and arrests continue

ATR was forced off air on Tuesday night after Russia effectively refused to re-register this unique television channel and other Crimean Tatar media. Hundreds gathered outside the studio, many obviously distressed. The police were present, openly videoing the crowd and 8 people are due in court after being detained making a video in support of ATR | detail

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Crimean Tatar Leaders ‘”Warned” Not to Protest as Media Silenced

With less than one day remaining before TV channel ATR and other Crimean Tatar media are likely to be silenced in Russian-occupied Crimea, two Crimean Tatar leaders have been warned of the consequences of ‘unauthorized’ demonstrations in defence of the channel. | detail

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Ruslan Kotsaba - Post-Maidan Ukraine’s First Political Prisoner?

Any lingering hopes that Ukraine’s SBU really did have grounds for arresting controversial blogger Ruslan Kotsaba were dashed on Monday when the indictment was made public. There need to be serious grounds for accusing a person of state treason, a charge carrying a sentence of 12-15 years imprisonment. There appear to be none. | detail

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Do Not Let Crimean Tatar ATR and Media be Silenced!

The overt attempt to crush the only Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR has been aptly described as “shooting the soul of the Crimean Tatar people”, however Russia’s success in destroying these media will provide a very dangerous message and have serious repercussions beyond any particular group in Crimea | detail

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Last desperate attempt to save Crimean Tatar TV channel

Two vital – and independent – media resources face closure in Russian-occupied Crimea. The Crimean News Agency QHA has been openly refused registration, and it is extremely likely that TV ATR, the only Crimean Tatar television channel in the world, will be forced off air from April 1 | detail

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Death confirmed of Ukrainian military journalist at Debaltseve

Dmytro Labutkin, military journalist for the Sevastopol TV channel ‘Breeze’ who moved with his family to Odessa after Russia’s invasion of Crimea, was killed in Debaltseve. Kremlin-backed militants had taken pleasure in waving his documents around but his family and friends had hoped that he had been captured | detail

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Giving hope that Crimean occupation will end equated to ‘inciting enmity’

Crimea’s Russian-installed leader Sergei Aksyonov has openly stated that those who – in his words – ‘incite conflict’ and give people hope that Russia’s occupation will end will not be able to work in Crimea. Meanwhile Ukraine’s Information Policy Minister has promised that TV ATR, the Crimean Tatar channel particularly under attack, will be able to broadcast from mainland Ukraine | detail

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Only Crimean Tatar TV Channel is being forced off air

TV ATR, the only Crimean Tatar television channel in the world, will probably be forced to stop broadcasting from April 1. Since the head of the Russian-installed government recently attacked ATR and other “hostile forces” who give hope that Crimea will be returned to Ukraine, it is clear that this is part of a major offensive against freedom of speech and against the Crimean Tatar people | detail

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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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