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 | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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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. | детальніше

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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. | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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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’ | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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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 | детальніше

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Ukraine up with most dangerous countries for journalists because of Russian aggression

While Ukraine is the territory on which journalists were threatened, arrested or killed in 2014, Oksana Romanyuk, Director of the Institute for Mass Information stresses that most of the violations are due to the undeclared war waged by Russia and its proxies | детальніше

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Fake website seen as attempt to discredit Ukrainian independent media union

The Kyiv Independent Media Union warns of a fake website (at knmpu.org) which in design and content copies the official site of the Independent Media Union of Ukraine [NMPU] at http://nmpu.org.ua. | детальніше

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Victoria Syumar to head parliamentary committee on freedom of speech

As a firm defender of press freedom and access to public information, Victoria Syumar is an excellent candidate for the post but the news is good for another reason | детальніше

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Seized by Russian soldiers near Ilovaisk, beaten by Kremlin-backed militants

A YouTube clip has been posted showing how Kremlin-backed militants interrogated and beat up journalist Yehor Vorobyov after he was captured by Russian soldiers near Ilovaisk. Vorobyov was subjected to further beating after answering – truthfully – that they had been captured by Russians in uniform | детальніше

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Important support from mainland Ukraine for Crimean Tatar TV ATR

Ukraine’s National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council has called on providers to broadcast the Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR which has come under serious pressure from the occupation regime in the Crimea | детальніше

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Ukraine fined over detention for anti-Yanukovych protest

In 2011 65-year-old Halyna Shvydka was jailed for 10 days after she cut the then president Viktor Yanukovych’s name off a wreath to the poet Taras Shevchenko. On Oct 30, 2014 the European Court of Human Rights found unanimously that Ms Shvydka’s right to freedom of expression and right of appeal in criminal matters had been violated | детальніше

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Journalist held hostage twice is freed

Lviv journalist Yury Lelyavsky is free after being held hostage for over two months by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic. This is the second time he was taken prisoner – the first was in Slovyansk, under the equally self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic | детальніше

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Journalist Veremiy killing: Kyiv court releases key suspect

One of the titushki, or hired government thugs, who has admitted beating Viacheslav Veremiy during the attack in which the journalist died of a gunshot wound is accused only of group hooliganism, despite the level of the violence and fact that the attacks, abduction, etc. were for money | детальніше

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Crimean Tatar channel ATR warns of major witch hunt

ATR notes the many aggressive public statements against the channel made in recent weeks and believes that the authorities’ next step could be to close it. | детальніше

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Journalist Yehor Vorobyov released

Yehor Vorobyov, journalist for Espreso TV was released on Tuesday, Oct 7, after being held hostage by Russian soldiers and / or Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic for 38 days | детальніше

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Crimean Tatar journalists dismissed from official channel

Many observers believe that the dismissals on the State-owned Krym Crimean Tatar programme are aimed at minimizing the influence of the Mejlis and giving voice to only those Crimean Tatars cooperating with the occupation regime. | детальніше

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Journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky released

Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic have released Oleksandr Bilokobylsky, a Luhansk journalist captured while trying to take food and important medicine for relatives and friends in Luhansk | детальніше

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