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17-year-old Crimean charged with extremism for social network entries

26.06.15 | Halya Coynash
Yet another anonymous Crimean is facing criminal charges on unclear charges in Russian-occupied Crimea, this time a teenager
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Unjustified Takedown of Facebook Accounts Critical of Russia Threatens Free Expression

22.06.15
Amid an ever-growing trend of Russian internet censorship, PEN American Center and PEN Ukraine are gravely concerned by reports that Facebook has removed content and deactivated or suspended accounts of Ukrainian and Russian users critical of the Putin regime.
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Vital Crimean Tatar Channel ATR renews broadcasting from Kyiv

19.06.15
Two and a half months after ATR. the unique Crimean Tatar TV channel, and most Crimean Tatar media were silenced in Russian-occupied Crimea, ATR and childrens channel Lale have begun broadcasting from Kyiv. The response from the occupation authorities has been predictably hostile
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Militants detain, beat and deport independent Russian journalist

17.06.15 | Halya Coynash
Pavel Kanygin had a gun put to his head and was beaten a day after he reported the first serious protest against the militants shelling in Donetsk, and the same day that he and 8 others were reported to have challenged Putins decree classifying information about military losses in Ukraine
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Protest over bill that could silence investigations into military corruption

16.06.15
A new bill proposing criminal liability for something fuzzily referred to as information support for terrorism has been roundly condemned by the Stop Censorship movement and Ukraines most prominent media organizations
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Special Zombie Status? Kremlin-backed republics block all independent media

12.06.15 | Halya Coynash
Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas have taken another step to prevent Ukrainians in militant-controlled areas from learning about Russian military involvement in the war in Donbas, criminal dealings by rival militant gangs, etc. The blanket censorship coincides with their demand for special status as integral parts of Ukraine
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Ukraine dissolves notorious Public Morality Commission

11.06.15
The Cabinet of Ministers has at long last issued a decision envisaging the dissolution within 5 months of Ukraines anachronistic commission on protecting public morality. It is a welcome move but one that should have gone further since the dangerously vague law which the Commission was created to police remains intact.
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Ukraines Old and New Enemies of the Press

08.06.15 | Halya Coynash
There are old names in the newly published list of this years Enemies of the Press, as well as poignantly appropriate new categories to cover the grave threats to press freedom in Russian-occupied Crimea and in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk peoples republics.
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United in Homophobic Bigotry: Right Sector echoes Russian anti-LGBT line

05.06.15 | Halya Coynash
On the eve of a planned Equality March through Kyiv, the leader and other members of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Right Sector party have come out with anti-LGBT and anti-western statements identical to those regularly churned out by their ideological opponents in Russia
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President signs dangerously flawed decommunization laws

16.05.15 | Halya Coynash
President Poroshenko has signed highly contentious laws one of which effectively criminalizes public expression of views held by many Ukrainians. The assurance given that a bill will be tabled to rectify some of the problems appears to refer to only one of the laws and begs the question of why faulty laws should be signed into law before being corrected
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Concern over SBU searches and interrogation of Odesa journalists

15.05.15
Searches and interrogations were carried out on Thursday of journalists from the Odesa-based anti-government Internet publication Timer, including the Chief Editor, Yury Tkachov. The SBU appears to have launched a criminal investigation over alleged separatism
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"Decommunization" Laws: Deeply Divisive and Destined for Strasbourg

05.05.15 | Halya Coynash
If the President signs into force the decommunization laws, European Court of Human Rights judgements against Ukraine will be only a matter of time. The message given to a significant percentage of Ukrainians, especially in Donbas, will be that their views are not respected and must be changed.
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Crimean Patriots called on to denounce opponents of annexation to FSB

05.05.15 | Halya Coynash
Leaflets circulated in Simferopol are calling on citizens of Russia to report people who opposed annexation or who took part in the Crimean EuroMaidan to the FSB. While maybe not initiated by the FSB, the leaflets are quite in line with recent efforts to find victims so as to prosecute opponents of annexation.
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Well-known Crimean blogger summoned for interrogation

05.05.15 | Halya Coynash
Ukrainian blogger and civic activist Liza Bohutska who was driven from her home in Crimea last September after a major search and hours of interrogation has been summoned by the FSB for questioning at the Centre for Countering Extremism in Russian-occupied Crimea
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Analysis of the Law on Prohibiting Communist Symbols

03.05.15 | Volodymyr Yavorsky
Volodymyr Yavorsky provides a detailed analysis of the draft Law On condemning the communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes and prohibiting propaganda of their symbols [hereafter, the Law]. He focuses on the degree to which the said bill complies with international human rights standards and practice in democratic countries.
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CPJ: In Crimea, press freedom deteriorates at a rapid pace

01.05.15
The Committee to Protect Journalists has also expressed concern over the deteriorating situation with freedom of the press in Crimea since Russias annexation and calls on Vladimir Putin to ensure that it is reversed
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Russian-occupied Crimea joins 10 worlds worst for press freedom

30.04.15 | Halya Coynash
In its latest report Freedom of the Press 2015, Freedom House speaks openly of Russias invasion of Ukraine, and gives Crimea under Russian occupation a damning assessment on all rights, including freedom of expression.
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Cameraman for silenced Crimean Tatar channel jailed over coverage of pre-annexation protest

23.04.15 | Halya Coynash
The arrest of TV ATR cameraman Eskender Nebiyev is the latest in a case, breaching both Russian and international law, where the occupation regime is clearly targeting Crimean Tatars, including Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly.
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Crimean students fined for supporting Crimean Tatar channel ATR

16.04.15
Two underage students in Simferopol have received heavy fines for trying to make a video clip in support of ATR, a day before the only Crimean Tatar TV channel in the world was forced off air
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Parliament ignores public opinion on Ukraines history. Will the President?

13.04.15 | Halya Coynash
Ukrainians are divided in how they view their countrys history. This is confirmed by surveys, but has just been ignored by Ukraines parliament which decided it knows how the countrys history should be viewed. If the President does not veto laws just passed, it will become illegal to express other views on certain aspects of Ukraines recent history.
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