Rustem Khalilov/CPJ Guest Blogger

Rustem Khalilov is editor-in-chief of QirimInfo, a Kiev-based media outlet that collaborates with journalists from Kiev and Crimea to publish news and articles about Crimea.

Newspapers are sold in Sevastopol in March 2014. Independent journalism has struggled after Crimea was illegally annexed. (AFP/Viktor Drachev)

How patriotism with a Cold War tinge is damaging Crimea’s press

“You should move to Kiev,” I was trying to persuade a friend of mine to leave Crimea. I first met him at the time when cassettes were used in voice recorders, there were no e-mail addresses on business cards, and people preferred to make acquaintances in bars, not online. He asked me not to make…

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