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Press freedom in Ukraine deteriorates

In Ukraine, press freedom conditions continue to deteriorate. A reporter in Crimea flees after police interrogation; Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin becomes the seventh media worker to die while covering the conflict; and at least five Ukrainian journalists continue to be held by pro-Russia separatists. The ultimate victim is the public, as these attacks send chilling messages to local newsrooms, and create a void in information, a CPJ fact-finding mission has established.

Journalist forced into exile
Missing Russian photojournalist killed
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Crimean Tatar broadcaster accused of inciting extremism

New York, September 24, 2014--Kremlin-controlled authorities in Crimea should stop harassing the independent regional broadcaster ATR and allow the outlet to cover the news free from reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ATR is the only regional broadcaster of the ethnic Crimean Tatar minority.

September 24, 2014 3:47 PM ET

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Ukrainian authorities raid newsroom, bar entry to Russian journalists

A monument to Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin is painted in the colors of the Ukrainian national flag in the town of Velikaya Novoselovka in the Donetsk region. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

New York, September 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's raid by Ukrainian security agents on the independent newspaper Vesti as well as moves by Ukrainian authorities to bar entry to dozens of Russian journalists and media workers.

September 11, 2014 5:36 PM ET

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Crimean journalist forced into exile after interrogation

New York, September 9, 2014--Independent reporter and blogger Elizaveta Bogutskaya has fled Crimea after authorities in the peninsula raided her home on Monday, confiscated notebooks and other reporting equipment, and detained Bogutskaya for six hours over allegations of extremist activity, according to news reports.

September 9, 2014 3:53 PM ET

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Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin killed in Ukraine

Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin died in Ukraine. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

New York, September 3, 2014--Russian authorities and news outlets reported today that Andrei Stenin, the 33-year-old Russian photojournalist for the state-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya, who went missing in Ukraine in early August, was killed in the country's Donetsk region.

"We condemn the killing of Andrei Stenin, which calls attention once again to the dangers of covering the conflict in Ukraine from any side," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. "We urge Ukrainian authorities to do their utmost to conduct an effective probe into the circumstances of his death, and call on pro-Russia separatists to allow investigators access to the territory where Stenin was reportedly found."

September 3, 2014 6:18 PM ET

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Ukraine must reverse ban on Russian TV channels

New York, August 20, 2014--On Tuesday, Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov ordered cable operators in the country to stop airing 14 Russian TV channels in an effort to curb Russia's war propaganda, according to news reports. The Interior Ministry cited Russia's decision to ban Ukrainian TV channels in Crimea as a justification for the order, as well as Ukraine's right to "defend its information space from Russia's informational aggression," according to Anton Gerashchenko, Avakov's adviser.

August 20, 2014 2:11 PM ET

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Ukraine must clarify status of Russian journalist

New York, August 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ukrainian authorities to clarify the status of Andrei Stenin, the Russian photojournalist for the state news agency Rossiya Segodnya (previously RIA Novosti) who was reported missing on August 5 in eastern Ukraine. According to Russian news reports, Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the head of Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs, said Stenin had likely been detained by Ukraine's security service, or the SBU. Earlier, the SBU had denied holding Stenin. Gerashchenko also said that Stenin may be accused of "aiding and glorification of terrorism," the reports said. A short time later, Gerashchenko told Rossiya Segodnya that his comments had been taken out of context and that he was unaware of Stenin's whereabouts.

August 12, 2014 1:14 PM ET

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Russian photojournalist missing in eastern Ukraine

New York, August 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Andrei Stenin, Russian photojournalist for the state news agency Rossiya Segodnya (previously RIA Novosti). The agency said it had not heard from Stenin since August 5, when he was reporting on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including from the cities of Donetsk and Sloviansk. An unnamed source cited by Rossiya Segodnya said Stenin had been abducted by Ukrainian militia and was in the custody of the Ukrainian security service (SBU) in the city of Zaporozhye. The SBU denied the allegation, according to Rossiya Segodnya.

August 11, 2014 1:19 PM ET

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Another journalist held by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine

New York, August 1, 2014--Pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Lugansk region of Ukraine abducted at least one journalist on Thursday, according to a local press freedom group and news reports.

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, July 2014

CPJ conducts fact-finding mission in Ukraine

Muzaffar Suleymanov, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia Research Associate, traveled to Kiev on July 6 on a week-long fact-finding mission and spoke to more than a dozen local and international journalists about press freedom conditions in the country. Suleymanov also met with journalists who had covered or were covering the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine.

August 1, 2014 12:20 PM ET

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In Ukraine, journalists injured, detained, expelled

New York, July 28, 2014--In recent days in Ukraine, an international journalist was wounded in a car crash caused by separatists' gunfire, a local journalist was detained by separatists, a Russian reporter for Bloomberg News was briefly detained by a Ukrainian army unit, and a foreign journalist was expelled by Ukrainian authorities, according to press freedom groups and local and international media.

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