Crimea: Media Freedom Coalition statement

The Media Freedom Coalition has released a statement on the treatment ofjournalists in Crimea.

Media Freedom Coalition statement:
The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition express their deep concernover the deteriorating media freedom situation in occupied Crimea, Ukraine, and thecontinued harassment, violence, and prosecution of journalists by the Russian Federation.
Despite the risks, human rights defenders and independent journalists continue to callattention to the ongoing violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, andefforts to unduly restrict media freedom in the region. Such is the case with VladyslavYesypenko, a freelance journalist associated with the Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty‘Crimea.Reality’ project, who had been reporting on social and environmental issues andfilming the views of Crimean residents prior to his arrest by the Russian Federation’sFederal Security Service (FSB) on March 10, 2021.
We are concerned by reports of mistreatment and abuse while Mr Yesypenko has beendetained.
In addition, 9 Crimean Tatar citizen journalists, (Server Mustafayev, Tymur Ibrahimov,
Marlen Asanov, Seyran Saliyev, Remzi Bekirov, Ruslan Suleymanov, Osman Aryfmemetov,
Rustem Sheyhaliyev, Amet Suleymanov) are currently being held in pre-trial detentioncenters and prisons in Russia and occupied Crimea.
We call on the Russian Federation to immediately release Vladyslav Yesypenko and alljournalists who have been unjustly detained for their work and to allow journalists andmedia workers to practice their profession without fear of persecution, arbitraryimprisonment, violence, and forced disappearance.
We are also concerned with Russia’s efforts to stifle independent print and broadcastmedia on the peninsula through its continued harassment and intimidation which haseffectively forced independent media underground or into exile.
Together with the international community, we will continue to shine a light on the RussianFederation’s efforts to curtail media freedom in Crimea. We also bring attention to thecontinued and systematic restrictions on the freedom of expression and opinion,
including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information, faced by the residents ofCrimea, one of the issues that the Crimea Platform initiative aims to address.


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