OSCE: Crimea suppressed freedom of speech

ОБСЕ: В Крыму подавляется свобода слова

Before the Crimea left a number of journalists and the Crimean Tatar ATR edition

OSCE representative on human rights commented on the detention of journalists in Crimea.

Authorized ABS on freedom of the media Dunja Mijatovic said about the unacceptability of harassment of journalists in Crimea. So she responded to the message about the search, the interrogation and the charges of extremism Crimean journalist Nicholas Simon, informs Radio Liberty.

“This recent arrest shows only the urgent need to stop the arbitrary practices of the silencing of journalists in the Crimea”, – said the representative of the OSCE, and recalls that in addition to the Seeds, after searches in their houses were detained and questioned two well-known Crimean Tatar journalist – photographers Langara Abibullayev and Ruslan Luminova.

In an interview with the speaker Mijatovic Gunnar Vrang said that the actions of the Russian authorities since the annexation of Crimea leave no doubt that the systematic suppression of freedom of speech.

“I think that anyone who is following the situation in Crimea in the past two years, I would say that it is about the systematic suppression of freedom of expression in Crimea. And these recent arrests emphasize the seriousness of the problem,” he said.

As reported by the Crimean mass media, in addition to the arrest of Seed, Russian security forces conducted seven searches of journalists, published in the edition of the Crimea.Realities.

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