Journalists urged their colleagues from the Russian Federation to halt the tyranny against journalists of the Crimea

Журналисты призвали коллег из РФ содействовать прекращению произвола в отношении журналистов Крыма

The largest membership journalism organization of Ukraine – the national Union of journalists of Ukraine and Independent media trade Union – sent a joint letter to the Russian colleagues with the request to help stop the abuse of the Crimean journalists.

“We ask You to involve lawyers and activists of the Union of journalists to obtain information and protect our colleagues in the Crimea”, – the statement says.

We will remind, on April 19 it became known that the Russian FSB conducted a series of searches of Crimean journalists: a former employee of the newspaper “Day” now retired – Nicholas Semeny, former freelance employee of the same newspaper Laniary Abibulaev Ruslana and Romanovoj. Nicholas Seed was being interrogated in law enforcement up to 14 hours of April 19.

“Colleagues, we have met several times at international conferences and roundtables and, in spite of divergent views, were able to find a common approach to the problems of violations of journalists’ rights. What is happening in Crimea falls into this category. Our eyes is going on willfulness in relation to the Crimean colleagues. We ask you to intervene and to demand from the authorities to abandon coercive methods of pressure on journalists, to provide them with the right to freely Express their views even if the views are not like the political establishment”, – said in the appeal.

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NMPU and NUJU together with the Union of journalists of Russia in the framework of the joint project with the OSCE, has repeatedly issued a joint statement on the suspension of repression against journalists on the territory of antiterrorist operation in Crimea, as well as calls for the release from captivity of journalists. So, it was made public a joint statement calling for the release of the captive Mary Varfolomeyeva, and journalist organizations strongly condemned the use of journalistic deaths as elements of propaganda.

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