OSCE: Crimean ‘authorities’ should release Ukrainian reporter Semena
22:30, 11 October 2016

OSCE: Crimean ‘authorities’ should release Ukrainian reporter Semena

The Organization’s Media Freedom representative Dunja Mijatovic commented on his ongoing detention in Russian-occupied Crimea

22:30, 11 October 2016

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OSCE representative for Media Freedom Dunja Mijatovic says she’s been ‘taking every necessary action’ for the timely release of the detained Ukrainian reporter Mykola Semena. According to Krym.Realii, the subdivision of Radio Liberty, the journalist needs treatment, which he could undergo in Ukraine.

“We’re doing a lot of job for him to leave Crimea and receive medical treatment. So far there are no details specified, but as soon as I know more – I’ll report. I’m keeping abreast – that’s all I can say so far’, Mijatovic said. She added she had made many ‘rough statements’ regarding the need to release Semena from detention and the fact that the Ukrainian reporter was included into the Russian list of extremists.  

Mykola Semena, the journalist of Krym.Realii is detained and illegally held by the so-called Russian government, under the trumped-up charges of separatism. He was detained in spring 2016. Immediately after his detention, the Ukrainian foreign ministry commented on this fact. ‘Semena’s case is rather emblematic for the scale of the repressive policy of the occupant authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. This policy is aimed at concealing from the society huge problems in the area of human rights protection, as well as media freedom. We demand that the Russian Federation, the occupant state, stop persecuting Mykola Semena and release him immediately’’, the respective statement said.

Web-site Krym.Realii is a subsidiary of Radio Liberty's Ukrainian bureau, which was was launched after the 2014 Crimean referendum. The materials are published in Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages.

Earlier, on July 12, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media released a statement saying that the Organization is concerned about Russia’s ‘list of terrorists and extremists’, which has been published most recently. Mijatovic stressed there are names of several opposition journalists famous for their anti-Kremlin views.

Related: Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: Russia must release Radio Liberty’s reporter

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