Russian Censor Blocks Two Independent Crimean Internet Publications
Both Sobytiya Kryma and the Centre for Journalist Investigations are independent and present both an alternative view of events in Crimea, and information that will not be found in the mainstream Crimean media - about human rights infringements, for example.
Crimean Tatar leaders all face imprisonment under Russian occupation
One Crimean Tatar leader is currently imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea, but his fate could be shared by all others, as well as any Ukrainian national opposing Russia’s annexation, according to the argument put by Natalya Poklonskaya, the occupation regime’s de facto prosecutor.
Russia targets Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son in revenge for Crimea Blockade
Khaiser Dzhemiliev, the son of exiled Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev, has been moved to a distant prison colony in the Astrakhan region of Russia
Russia Threatens to Ban Crimean Tatar Mejlis as extremist while claiming ‘it doesn’t exist’
The Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly could face a ban, making it illegal in the Russian Federation and Russian-occupied Crimea. The threat comes just days after the media in Crimea was informed that the Mejlis does not legally exist and “strongly advised” not to give it any coverage. And after an attempt to have a prominent Crimean Tatar figure taken into custody on spurious charges.
Media prohibited from mentioning Crimean Tatar Mejlis as Blockade sets in
Three days into the Crimean Blockade initiated by leaders of the Mejlis or Crimean Tatar representative assembly, Crimean media have been ‘strongly advised’ not to mention the Mejlis at all, and Russian propaganda is trying to avoid mentioning Crimean Tatars taking part in the Blockade.
Stop Feeding Bandits! Crimean Tatars call for a Civil Blockade of Occupied Crimea
Crimean Tatar leaders have called on Ukrainians to join a civil blockade of Russian-occupied Crimea. The blockade will continue until Russia releases its Ukrainian political prisoners, stops blocking free media in Crimea and committing other rights offences
Russian court reduces illegal sentence passed on Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s son
The sentence against Khaiser Dzhemiliev has been reduced from 5 to 3.5 years but the 33-year-old was taken to Russia illegally and should be handed over to Ukraine.
Another Crimean blogger interrogated by FSB over Facebook post
Sevastopol blogger Iryna Gorelikova has reported being hauled in for questioning after she shared a link on Facebook about Mustafa Dzhemiliev, the veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP whom Russia has banned from his homeland.
Tortured for testimony against Sentsov-Kolchenko in Russia’s ‘Crimean terrorist plot’ trial
Gennady Afanasyev has told his lawyer of the torture he faced after being arrested in Crimea on May 9, 2014, about the pressure and threats immediately prior to his appearance in court last Friday, and that he has faced since he retracted the testimony he signed under torture.
Ukraine must not help Russia hide its rights violations in Crimea
At a time when Russia is flagrantly violating the rights of Ukrainian nationals in Crimea, stifling independent media, arresting those who express their opposition to Russian occupation, it is vital that Ukraine helps human rights groups and foreign journalists to follow the situation, and does not obstruct their access through flawed regulations.
Crimea’s journalists in exile as Russia muzzles free press
"Journalists and journalism are under attack in Crimea now. This has to stop. When critical journalists are silenced to the last one it will mark the end of independent journalism in the region, and my fellow Crimeans will be left face-to-face with lawlessness and Russian propaganda. The world must not let this happen."
Vital Crimean Tatar Channel ATR renews broadcasting from Kyiv
Two and a half months after ATR. the unique Crimean Tatar TV channel, and most Crimean Tatar media were silenced in Russian-occupied Crimea, ATR and children’s channel Lale have begun broadcasting from Kyiv. The response from the occupation authorities has been predictably hostile
Russia to slap crippling fines on media for ‘propaganda of extremism’
Vladimir Putin has signed a law increasing fines on the media for what the authorities choose to view as ‘propaganda of extremism’. In Russian-occupied Crimea this can be any peaceful opposition to Russian rule, with the use of the terms ‘annexation’ and ‘occupation’ having resulted in one newspaper being warned about ‘extremism’.
Russian-occupied Crimea joins 10 world’s worst for press freedom
In its latest report Freedom of the Press 2015, Freedom House speaks openly of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and gives Crimea under Russian occupation a damning assessment on all rights, including freedom of expression.
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
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
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
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.
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
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