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Over 350 cases of prosecution of reporters in ocupied Crimea since 2014, - human rights watcher

Source : 112 Ukraine

Occupant authorities of peninsula arrest bloggers, block Ukrainian media, impose entry bans on journalists
15:55, 25 February 2021

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Since the beginning of the illegal occupation of Crimea, human rights activists have reported more than 350 cases of prosecution of reporters. Iryna Sedova, the researcher of Crimean human rights watch group said so on Thursday. 

According to her, the oppression of freedom of speech in Crimea emerges in different variations. Occupant authorities of peninsula arrest bloggers, block Ukrainian media, and impose entry bans on journalists.

At that, Crimean human rights watch group claims that residents of Crimea are being brought to administrative responsibility for posts in social networks, released before the beginning of the occupation of the peninsula. In 2020 alone, the group observed 89 such administrative cases.

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During 2020, the organization has regularly monitored access to internet sources and signals of Ukrainian radio stations in Crimea. According to the monitoring of 11 providers in Crimea, at least 25 Ukrainian popular websites have been blocked completely, another five were shut down particularly. The list of blocked sources includes LinkedIn, Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and Ukraine's Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories.

Related: Russian occupiers of Crimea put 66-year-old Ukrainian on trial for ‘state treason’

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