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OSCE concerned about state of freedom of speech in Crimea

April 20, 2016 11:34 0 2335 QirimInfo
The cause of concern is the prosecution of Crimean journalists.

On the 19th of April the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe expressed concern because of threat to freedom of expression in Crimea annexed by Russia, «Krym.Realii» reports.

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic said that the intimidation of Crimean journalist Mykola Semena causes concern. Yesterday the search was conducted at his home, and the journalist was called in for questioning to the FSB and released on his own recognizance.

«This detention demonstrates an urgent need to put an end to the wilful practice of silencing journalists in Crimea», – Mijatovic said.

She also noted that on the same day such acts of intimidation were carried out against several residents of Crimea, in particular, against photographer Leniara Abibulaeva and Ruslana Liumanova.

Let us recall, yesterday the «prosecutor» of Crimea Natalia Poklonska reported that Russian procuracy was preparing materials for a complete blocking of Internet edition «Krym.Realii».

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