Freedom of Speech

29.04.2020Freed Ukrainian journalists challenge colleagues worldwide to help imprisoned Crimean civic journalists

On the eve of the first World Press Freedom Day since journalists Roman Sushchenko and Stanislav Aseyv were freed from Russian or Russian-controlled militant captivity, … read more

15.04.2019New Russian law could cut Crimea off from Ukrainian and global Internet

Halya Coynash

Russian-occupied Crimea could find itself totally cut off from the global Internet according to a bill which was adopted in its second reading on 11 April and has every chance of coming into force this year. … read more

12.04.2019Russia uses ‘terrorism’ charges to silence civic journalists in occupied Crimea

Halya Coynash

Scroll down for addresses of all 23 civic activists and journalists whom Russia arrested on 27 March
Three of the victims of Russia’s most ferocious attack on Crimean Tatar activists to date are civic journalists who recorded and circulated information about repression in occupied Crimea. … read more

10.04.2019Remzi Bekirov, or the repression in occupied Crimea that Russia will use 20-year sentences against journalists to hide

Halya Coynash

Remzi Bekirov, a historian and tour guide by profession, became one of the first Crimean Solidarity civic journalists, reporting on armed searches, … read more

22.02.2019Who’s pressuring freedom of press in Ukraine

By Ukrainian and international law, journalists are allowed to protect the names of their sources unless there’s a justified need for their disclosure. A court in Kyiv seemed to think that there was such a need when they ruled investigative journalist Ivan Verstyuk, … read more

29.12.2018Russian Newspaper Publishes New Year’s Messages From Jailed Activists

Oleg Sentsov
Imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a Crimean native who opposed Russia’s 2014 takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula, has written in a letter to the Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta newspaper that he is not “going to give in.” … read more

20.12.2018Number of journalists deliberately killed nearly doubles in 2018: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of journalists killed around the world in reprisal for their work nearly doubled in 2018 to at least 34 people, … read more

14.12.2018Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

Elana Beiser, Commitee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, … read more

14.12.2018Journalists, Activists Urge Ukraine Separatists To Release Detained Reporter

Stanislav Aseyev
More than 20 journalists and human rights activists have called for the immediate release of Ukrainian blogger Stanislav Aseyev, who has been held for more than 18 months by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. … read more

11.12.2018Russian state TV caught using fake ‘disillusioned Ukrainian Maidan activist’

Halya Coynash

Belarusian Vitaly Yurchenko appeared on Russian TV as a Ukrainian from Kryvyy Rih. Photo: (RFE/RL)
Russia’s Pyervy Kanal [Channel 1] marked the anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity [Euromaidan] on 21 November with a program aimed at proving that Euromaidan had brought only hardship and suffering to Ukraine, … read more

25.11.2018Russia bans Ukrainian journalist reporting on political prisoners from occupied Crimea

Halya Coynash

Alyona Savchuk (left) with wives of political prisoners. Photo: Anton Naumlyuk
Russia’s FSB has banned Alyona Savchuk from entering occupied Crimea for 10 years, … read more

25.11.2018Russia Undermines Freedom Of Expression ‘Both Domestically And Abroad,’ U.S. Says

Memorial has recognized Zhalaudi Geriyev as a political prisoner and Human Rights Watch has said he was being “punished” for his work as a journalist. … read more