At least 10 people organized massive curtailing freedom of speech and expression in Crimea. More than 50 people are perpetrators of this crime, which directly carried out the persecution and intimidation of journalists in the occupied Peninsula.
On March 3, 2017 the corresponding list "Stranglers of freedom" in the Crimea was published by the Human Rights Information Center and the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine in Kyiv.
"According to international organizations monitoring freedom of expression over three years of occupation Crimea has become one of the worst places in the world for journalists. The situation with the rights of journalists in Crimea is much worse than in Russia or Belarus", said the Chairman of the Board of the Human Rights Information Center Tatiana Pechonchik.
Cases of criminal prosecution of the Crimean journalists, unlawful detention, arrests and searches, physical abuse, withdrawal, damage to equipment, engagement or calls for the seizure of editions and their property, refusal of registration, re-registration and the closure of media outlets, illegal redistribution of radio frequencies, blocking publications in the Internet, threats and intimidation of representatives of mass-media were taken into account.
To establish the specific names, the Human Rights Information Center collected and analyzed the testimony of the victims, official documents and public statements of representatives of the occupying "authorities", protocols of searches, procedural documents, photos and videos, messages in the media.
The list of names involved in the harassment of journalists in Crimea includes more than 60 people - Russian and Crimean officials, officers of the occupying military and law enforcement agencies, members of the "Crimean self-defense", which attacked media workers, heads of press centres who composed "black lists" of journalists, as well as persons involved in the harassment of journalists and the continued propaganda war against Ukraine.
Coordinator of the Crimean human rights group Olga Skrypnyk noted about preparing new lists of persons involved in politically motivated persecution of Ukrainians in the Crimea and on the territory of Russia. The human rights activist added that the Crimean human rights group prepared a list of judges involved in politically motivated persecution of the Crimean people. Now it has 37 judges, among which there are citizens of Ukraine and citizens of Russia, who made the decision with the violation of fundamental human rights and sent the Ukrainian citizens to jail.
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