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Russia tries using YouTube for political purposes, - Ukraine's Information Policy Ministry

The Centre for Journalist Investigations appealed to them and reported that the video material about illegal detention of Emir Usein-Kuku, a Crimean Tatar human rights activist, might be blocked on YouTube under the initiative of Russia’s Federal Service Supervision of Communication, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor)
18:21, 6 February 2019

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Ukraine’s Information Policy Ministry reports on cases of persecution of Ukrainians by Russia and attempts to use YouTube to restrict freedom of speech, as the press office of the service informed.

“Over the recent years, Russia has been taking advantage of YouTube Community Guidelines in order to remove information about the real situation in occupied Crimea, including that about persecutions of citizens that have become hostages of Vladimir Putin’s regime,” the message says.

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The representatives of the Ministry informed that the Centre for Journalist Investigations appealed to them and reported that the video material about illegal detention of Emir Usein-Kuku, a Crimean Tatar human rights activist, might be blocked on YouTube under the initiative of Russia’s Federal Service Supervision of Communication, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor).

“The Centre for Journalistic Investigations, officially registered in Ukraine as a mass media outlet, was forced to move to Kyiv from Crimea after the occupant’s attacks on journalists and media in 2014,” the message reads.

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As the Information Policy Ministry reported, the complaint of Roskomnadzor is groundless, “seeking to conceal the truth about Russia’s crimes”.

“The Ministry of Information Policy deems such practice unacceptable and is indignant at Roskomnadzor’s attempts at using YouTube, a leading global video hosting service, for political ends. Such steps are aimed at suppressing freedom of speech, hatemongering and undermining fundamental human rights and freedoms,” the service reported.

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