OSCE: Crimean ‘authorities’ should stop prosecuting journalists

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Organization’s Representative on Media Freedom released respective statement
09:07, 20 April 2016

OSCE’s representative on media freedom Dunja Mijatovic expressed her concern regarding prosecutions against reporter Mykola Semena, Crimea-based journalist working with Krym.Realii, the regional branch of Radio Liberty.

Mijatovic said this in the message published at the OSCE’s website.

On April 19, Russian special services searched Semena’s apartment and confiscated his recording equipment. The reporter was detained and released several hours later, after the interrogation. From now on, he has no right to leave Crimea, reads the message.

“This case clearly shows that the practice of prosecuting journalists in Crimea should be stopped”, Mijatovic stated.

She also noted that similar intimidating actions took place on the same day against a number of other residents of Crimea, including photographer Lieniara Abibulaeva and Ruslana Lyumanova.

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