Today at the plenary session on freedom of speech in the OSCE member countries, representatives of the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian public paid attention to the systematic violations of freedom of speech in Crimea. In addition, they urged Russia to allow the journalist Mykola Semena to go to mainland Ukraine to receive medical care and to terminate the criminal prosecution against him, the Deputy Coordinator of CrimeaSOS Evgenia Andreyuk told QirimInfo .
In turn, the chairman of the Crimean Union of Journalists expressed objections to these statements.
"We do not feel isolated in Crimea. We constantly have visits of foreign delegations, show all aspects of the life of Crimea. We have not received any application concerning violations against journalists for two years", – the Crimean journalist said.
He also said that the case of Mykola Semena is under control, and that the Union of Journalists of Crimea supposedly cares about the fate of Semena.
Given that the assessment of what is happening differs significantly, Ukrainian activists raised the issue of the need for a permanent international presence in Crimea for the independent assessment of the situation.
So, the first step could be an international mission on the rights of journalists in Crimea. In May 2016, Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media has proposed the idea of its creation.