Chilling attack on civic journalist reporting human rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Nariman Memedeminov has been arrested on spurious ‘terrorism’ charges concocted over YouTube videos posted back in 2012. This is a flagrant attack on civic journalists who in conditions of Russian censorship and control of the media provide vital information about human rights violations | детальніше

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Kremlin-backed Donbas militants hold imprisoned journalist in ‘real concentration camp’

It is almost a year since Stanyslav [Stas] Aseyev was taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed Donbas militants. There are real concerns about his health, and there remains no sign that the Russian-controlled militants are planning to release him or around 100 other hostages.  | детальніше

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Crucial EU Initiative that Outs Kremlin Lies Under Fire

A crucial program that identifies Kremlin methods of disinformation has come under attack. Alarmingly, one of the key accusations is that its activities constitute an attempt to restrict freedom of speech. The situation could not be more absurd.   | детальніше

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Ukraine is putting persecuted journalist’s life in danger

“If I am killed or kidnapped or extradited to Azerbaijan in the near future, all responsibility lies with the Ukrainian authorities”.   Azerbaijani journalist Fikret Huseynli had serious grounds for making this sombre warning, and for asking bitterly how he has deserved such appalling treatment from Ukraine.  He is not the only journalist whose freedom, or life, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General is endangering for reasons so unclear that it is hard to exclude the possibility of direct collusion with the Azerbaijan authorities. | детальніше

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Mounting Soviet-style jamming of independent media & hate speech in Russian-occupied Crimea

If in Soviet times, it was the BBC and other western broadcasters whose radio stations were jammed, it is now Ukrainian Internet sites that Russia is either totally or partially blocking in occupied Crimea | детальніше

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Ukrainian anti-corruption journalists attacked, then charged with ‘invading privacy’ of Putin associate Medvedchuk

Ukraine’s National Police have initiated a criminal investigation into claims that journalists from the Skhemy anti-corruption program violated the right to privacy of controversial Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk. The move comes soon after criminal charges were brought against guards who tried to prevent the journalists from carrying out their investigation, and is viewed by the  Skhemy team as retaliation and an attempt to intimidate them. | детальніше

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Sinister attempt in Ukraine to arrest / abduct opposition Azerbaijani journalist Fikret Huseynli

An attempt was made in Kyiv on March 5 to detain Fikret Huseynli, a journalist working in exile for an opposition channel, and facing a baffling ‘extradition check’ in Ukraine.  Huseynli received political asylum and later citizenship in Holland and there is no way that Ukraine can legally extradite him to Azerbaijan.  The events on 5 March, however, compound concern that an attempt could be made to abduct him, and hand him over to the Azerbaijani authorities.. | детальніше

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Ukraine Police accused of attacks on journalists leaving one hospitalized

One journalist was hospitalized with chemical burns after the dispersal on March 3 by Ukraine’s ‘new police’ of the protest camps outside parliament.  Two other members of the press also complain of ill-treatment from officers in helmets, who they say were not wearing any insignia to enable individual identification.  . | детальніше

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Russia tries new propaganda stunt over Russian journalist sent to be shot in Donbas

Almost four years after the debunking of Russia’s attempt to claim that Anatoly Klyan was killed in a Ukrainian “attack on soldiers’ mothers and journalists’, Russia’s Investigative Committee has tried it on again | детальніше

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Ukraine’s government accused of following Russia with new Internet surveillance measures

Prominent Ukrainian NGOs have demanded the government reject plans underway to allow the Security Service [SBU] to use special means of surveillance of Internet providers.  They warn of the scope for excessive snooping and interference by law enforcement and regulatory bodies similar to the repressive measures used in the Russian Federation. | детальніше

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Dramatic retrial order after pro-Russian journalists imprisoned for over 2 years

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has revoked the 9-year sentences passed on journalist Dmytro Vasylets and media worker Yevhen Timonin for their alleged help for the Novorosiya propaganda channel, and has ordered a retrial.  The two men, who have been in custody since November 2015, were placed under house arrest for two months and will have to wear electronic bracelets.  | детальніше

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‘Treason’ retrial of controversial Ukrainian blogger Ruslan Kotsaba goes hopelessly wrong

The re-trial of Ruslan Kotsaba, a highly contentious blogger and Amnesty International’s first prisoner of conscience in post-Maidan Ukraine has been suspended with a court in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast sending the indictment back to the prosecutor’s office. The Dolyna District Court concluded that the prosecution had failed to formulate the indictment, as required by law.   It remains to be seen whether the prosecutor will try to reformulate the charges, or will let this case which Ukraine seems doomed to lose at the European Court of Human Rights die an ignominious death. | детальніше

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Russia backed Luhansk ‘republic’ bans Jehovah’s Witnesses and other ‘non-traditional’ faiths

The self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] has yet again followed Russia’s lead, this time by banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses, calling them and other banned faiths ‘religious groups’.  The move comes just days after the Kremlin-backed ‘LPR parliament’ passed several ‘laws’, including one aimed at hunting down and prohibiting so-called extremism in religious or political organizations, as well as in the media.  . | детальніше

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Internet providers forced to conceal total FSB surveillance in occupied Crimea & Russia

Any Crimean still using Russian social media like VKontakte or Odnoklassnik for correspondence should close them down immediately, preferably after deleting all personal messages and posts from the last decade.  It is likely that Russia’s FSB [security service] has long had unimpeded access to Russian-based Internet messengers, postal services and social media, however a new ruling has now strictly prohibited any Internet providers from even divulging details of their collaboration with the FSB. | детальніше

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Oleg Sentsov and two other Kremlin hostages receive Sakharov Award for Courage

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, sentenced in Russia to 20 years for non-existent ‘terrorism’, has become one of the laureates of the Andrei Sakharov Award for Courage, together with two other Ukrainians facing Russian persecution: journalists Mykola Semena and Roman Sushchenko. | детальніше

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Crimean journalist & politician jailed on ‘extortion’ charges for criticism of United Russia party

The ‘trial’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of journalist Alexei Nazimov and politician Pavel Stepanchenko is descending into farce, after never really making much sense.  This has not prevented the two men being held in detention since October 2016, and the lack of any substance to the charges may well have no impact upon the eventual verdict.    | детальніше

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Yes, Ukraine’s Oligarchs Own the Airwaves, but Their Days Are Numbered

Oligarchs own the airwaves in Ukraine. More than 75 percent of Ukrainians regularly watch TV channels owned by Ukrainian oligarchs Viktor Pinchuk, Ihor Kolomoisky, Dmytro Firtash, and Rinat Akhmetov. But this is hardly news since TV serves as the primary source of information for 58 percent of Ukrainians. | детальніше

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Crimean Tatar on trial for not betraying his oath of allegiance to Ukraine

How do you flesh out the ‘trial’ of a Ukrainian prosecuted by the Russian occupiers of his homeland for writing on Facebook that ‘Crimea always was, and remains Ukrainian”?   A Russian-controlled prosecutor and court in occupied Crimea are trying to find something sensible to add to this grotesque ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar activist Suleyman Kadyrov and failing badly.  | детальніше

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Ukraine imposes baffling ban on work by renowned English historian & others

Ukraine’s State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee has announced a ban on the import into Ukraine of 25 books published in Russia. The list is so baffling that one might suspect the reports were fake news aimed at discrediting Ukraine had the announcement not been posted on the Committee’s official website. | детальніше

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Police killer of journalist Georgy Gongadze could be freed amid silence about those who ordered the crime

A court in Ukraine has effectively doubled the number of years which former Police General Oleksy Pukach is considered to have served of his prison sentence for the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. It has been suggested that a deal may be underway to give Pukach his freedom if he stops “pointing the finger at” former President Leonid Kuchma | детальніше

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