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OSCE: Free expression, freedom of media remain under threat in Crimea

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic expressed concern about the intimidation of journalist Nikolay Semena in the Russian-occupied Crimea, Ukraine
OSCE: Free expression, freedom of media remain under threat in Crimea

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern about the intimidation of journalist Nikolay Semena in Crimea, Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports.

According to reports, in the early hours of 19 April Semena’s apartment in Simferopol was searched and his equipment was seized. The journalist was detained and released after several hours of interrogation. Reportedly, he is subject to a travel ban.

“This recent detention only shows the urgent need to stop the arbitrary practice of silencing journalists in Crimea,” Mijatović said.

Mijatović also noted that similar intimidating actions took place on the same day against a number of other residents of Crimea, including photographer Lieniara Abibulaeva and Ruslana Lyumanova.

It should be recalled that on April 19 the Russian police conducted searches in the homes of three journalists in the occupied Crimea. Russia-controlled Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya announced the initiation of criminal cases against a Crimean journalist under Russian legislation on “separatism” for publication in the media.