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09.07.2018

Journalist held hostage in Kremlin-controlled Donetsk driven to hunger strike

Ukrainian journalist and blogger Stanislav Aseyev has gone on hunger strike in occupied Donetsk, more than a year after he was seized by the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic [DPR] ministry of state security | detail

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05.07.2018

Jailed Crimean Tatar civic journalist subjected to punitive psychiatry for innocuous YouTube videos from 2013

Three months after his arrest on charges linked with entirely innocuous pre-annexation YouTube videos, Nariman Memedeminov has been forcibly placed in a psychiatric hospital in Russian-occupied Crimea.  There was no court order and no reason at all for demanding that the widely respected civic journalist undergo a psychiatric assessment.  | detail

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04.07.2018

Draft law enabling the blocking of Internet sites must be withdrawn

Legal analysis of the draft Law “On Amending Certain Laws of Ukraine on Countering Threats to National Security in Information Sector,” registration # 6688 | detail

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27.06.2018

Ukrainian activist remains imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea despite court order

Sevastopol activist Ihor Movenko, prosecuted for a pro-Ukrainian comment on a social media, has not been released despite a new court ruling early on 26 June overturning any grounds for his detention. | detail

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25.06.2018

Ukrainian lawmakers propose Russian-style Internet restrictions in the name of ‘national security’

Ukraine’s parliament has moved a step closer to giving the Security Service the right to block websites without a court order, supposedly in the name of national security | detail

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14.06.2018

Thug leader finally jailed for his role in the savage killing of Maidan journalist

Yuri Krysin has received a five-year prison sentence for his role in the fatal attack on Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan. The Kyiv Court of Appeal on 13 June overturned the original four-year suspended sentence that had elicited outrage both in Ukraine and abroad. .  | detail

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06.06.2018

OSCE Media Rep gets translation wrong & condemns Ukraine for attack on journalists critical of Babchenko ‘murder’

Harlem Désir, the OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media, has leapt to the defence of Ukrainian journalists supposedly accused of treason for expressing critical views regarding the believed assassination of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.  The concerns would have been warranted had they not been based largely on a mistranslation of the text he condemned.  | detail

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05.06.2018

Murderers in Russia get lighter sentences than Ukrainian journalist for mystery ‘spying’

The Moscow City Court has found Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko guilty of mystery ‘spying’ and sentenced him to twelve years in a maximum security prison | detail

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29.05.2018

Russian prosecutor demands 14-year sentence for Ukrainian journalist

Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, imprisoned in Russia since September 2016 is facing a 14-year sentence on mystery spying charges after a ‘trial’ heard before a closed court. | detail

Visits 1197
22.05.2018

Russian prosecuted for posting that USSR invaded Poland in 1939 denied asylum in Czech Republic

The Czech authorities have found no grounds for giving Vladimir Luzgin political asylum, and say that they cannot “get into a discussion about historical facts”.  No ‘discussion’ is, in fact, required, since 38-year-old Luzgin was prosecuted in Russia for reposting a text that quite correctly states that both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939. | detail

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21.05.2018

On the arrest of RIANovosti journalist Kiril Vyshynsky & the defence of “alternative news” in Ukraine

There has been a startling divergence in the reaction to the arrest of RIA Novosti Ukraine’s General Director Kirill Vyshynsky and the search of the agency’s offices. Prominent Ukrainians known for their opposition to censorship in any form stress only that the charges must be fully proven, while a number of western media watchdogs have expressed deep concern | detail

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16.05.2018

Russia: Telegram block leads to widespread assault on freedom of expression online (UPDATED)

53 international and Russian human rights, media and Internet freedom organisations, strongly condemn the attempts by the Russian Federation to block the Internet messaging service Telegram. | detail

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11.05.2018

Russian censor prohibits Crimea Human Rights Group from informing Crimeans of their rights

Russia as occupying state is not only violating international law by conscripting Crimeans into its army, but has placed material from the Crimean Human Rights Group informing people of this on its huge ‘Register of prohibited information’. | detail

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09.05.2018

SBU raids Communist Party on suspicion of treason & planning a coup

Searches have been carried out, on the eve of Victory Day, at the homes of Petro Symonenko and other leading Ukrainian communists.  According to the Security Service, this was in connection with a previously unreported criminal investigation into very serious charges, though the grounds for those charges remain largely unclear. | detail

Visits 870
04.05.2018

Sentenced into silence for saying that Crimea is Ukraine & reporting Russian repression

“You can jail a person, but how do you imprison thoughts?” The question was put by Ukrainian activist Suleyman Kadyrov on 3 May during the appeal hearing against his 2-year suspended sentence for a comment on Facebook that Crimea is Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1568
03.05.2018

Ukraine refuses asylum to journalist facing persecution in Kazakhstan

Ukraine’s Migration Service has refused to explain to Detector Media why it rejected Kazakhstani journalist and opposition activist Zhanara Akhtmet’s request for asylum.  Simply claiming that the information is ‘confidential’ and contains personal data will not do given the serious grounds for believing that Akhmet will face persecution if forcibly returned to Kazakhstan.  | detail

Visits 855
25.04.2018

Mother of arrested Crimean Tatar activist sentenced for ‘insulting’ and ‘depressing’ a police officer

49-year-old Zarema Kulametova has been convicted in Russian-occupied Crimea of ‘insulting’ a police officer on the day that her son disappeared for several hours after being taken away by armed enforcement officers. The officer was awarded ’compensation’ after claiming to have ’been depressed for several months" | detail

Visits 1056
17.04.2018

Ukrainian human rights activist & journalist detained as SBU revenge for criticism?

Until recently, Oleksiy Svyetikov assured the OSCE that there were no threats for journalists in Ukraine, citing his own frequent criticism of the authorities as proof. The events on 29 March radically changed his mind | detail

Visits 765
13.04.2018

Ukrainian journalist loses defamation suit for criticizing Moreira propaganda film on Ukraine

A French court has upheld a ruling that found Ukrainian journalist Anna Chesanovska guilty of defaming Paul Moreira in comments about his highly controversial film on Ukraine ‘Masks of the Revolution. As well as a prohibitive fine, the journalist has been ordered, in effect, to retract the truth about a film which is grossly manipulative and misleading | detail

Visits 1604
04.04.2018

Petition regarding the ongoing failure to allow Azerbaijani journalist Fikret Huseynli to leave Ukraine

The Prosecutor’s office has effectively stolen Azerbaijani journalist Fikret Huseynli’s passport despite a court ruling which makes it possible for him to leave Ukraine | detail

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