A number of human rights organizations and mass media representatives have supported the open address to the society in connection with the start of the court’s consideration of the case against Crimean journalist, author of Radio Liberty and Krym.Realii Mykola Semena. This has been reported by Krym.Realii.
Thus, as of February 14, the open letter has been signed by nine different organizations and media outlets: the “Crimean Tatar Resource Center”, the “Tavrian Humanitarian Platform”, the “Regional Press Development Institute”, the “media Initiative for Human Rights”, Halina Koinash (the “Kharkiv Human Rights Group”), the Public Association “Crimean Center for Business and Cultural Cooperation “Ukrainian House”, the “Voice of Crimea” news agency, the editor’s office of the newspaper “Crimean Svetlitsa” and the “Crimean Human Rights Group”.
On February 13, the human rights activists of the Ukrainian Human Rights Information Center came up with an open address to the society in connection with the start of the court’s consideration of the case against Crimean journalist, author of Radio Liberty and Krym.Realii Mykola Semena. The collection of signatures under the open document is still in progress. The address can be signed here.
The initial hearing in Mykola Semena’s case will take place on February 17 in the Zaliznichnyi district court of Simferopol.
Important to note, the criminal case against Mykola Semena was started over the suspicion in calls for the violation of the territorial integrity of Russia. The investigation forbade him to leave the peninsula.
Mykola Semena’s defense, the International and the European Federation of Journalists, as well as the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of Speech urged the Russian Federal Security Service to let the journalist leave the Crimea for treatment, but they have failed to obtain any response yet.