Committee of the Council of Europe for protection of journalists upgraded the level of threat for mass media in annexed Crimea to a maximum after the search and detention of Nikolai Semena – a journalist at “Krim.Realii” agency, informed the Council of Europe on its official website.
Earlier, on April 19, Federal Security Service in Crimea searched and detained Semena for separatist publications.
The journalist denies these allegations. According to his lawyer, Semena is the main suspect and he is denied exit during the ongoing investigation. If occupation authorities declare him guilty, he will be facing 5 years of prison.
The Committee reminded, that this is at least the second case, involving pressure from Russian authorities on journalists in annexed Crimea. In March 2015, FSS agents searched the parents’ house of Anna Andrevskaya for “public slogans for independence of Crimea” in her article from November 2014.