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In Crimea, independent press under threat

Press freedom in Crimea is deteriorating as the region's media fall under Russian laws and regulations. A CPJ fact-finding mission to Ukraine in June finds many independent journalists are fleeing Crimea because of arrests, attacks, and harassment. Broadcasters, including Crimean Tatar outlet ATR, pictured, are denied registration and journalists say they struggle to get accreditation.

StoryMap: Attacks on Crimea's press
Guest blog: Patriotism with Cold War tinge
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Mission Journal: Crimea's journalists in exile as Russia muzzles free press

A mural in Sevastopol shows President Vladimir Putin in a Navy uniform. Crimea's press is struggling to survive after Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian region. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

"First they asked if my parents had any guns or drugs in the apartment, then they showed my picture to my mother and asked her to identify me," Anna Andriyevskaya said. The Crimean journalist, who is living in exile in Kiev, was describing a raid on her parents' home by Russian FSB agents. "Any other mother would have probably suffered a heart attack if police asked them to ID their children," she said.

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

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

"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 his name public, but all you need to know about him is that he is 30, lives in Crimea, and is an objective journalist. Lately, there has been a shortage of objectivity in the Crimean media.

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Russian journalist detained, beaten in eastern Ukraine

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Journalist injured covering fighting in eastern Ukraine

A freelance reporter was injured on June 14, 2015, while he was covering fighting in eastern Ukraine, near the city of Donetsk, which is a stronghold of pro-Russia separatists, according to news reports.

June 15, 2015 3:32 PM ET

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CPJ calls on Ukraine to not revoke Inter broadcasting license

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In Crimea, press freedom deteriorates at a rapid pace

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Media wars create information vacuum in Ukraine

A masked pro-Russian protester poses for a photo inside a regional government building overtaken by his group in Donetsk, Ukraine, on April 25, 2014. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

More than a year after the December 2013 mass attack against journalists at Kiev's Maidan Square, which coincided with the Ukrainian police's violent dispersal of protesters rallying against the policies of then-President Viktor Yanukovych, the press in the beleaguered nation continue the battle for survival. The biggest problem remains impunity in attacks against journalists.

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TV journalist wounded in eastern Ukraine

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Pro-Russia journalist shot dead in Ukraine

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Authorities in Crimea should allow Ukrainian outlets to broadcast freely

New York, March 24, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Crimea to allow television and radio outlets based in Ukraine to broadcast in the region, following a statement made by Sergey Aksyonov, the Russia-appointed prime minister in Crimea, indicating that Ukrainian broadcasters that have been taken off the air will not be permitted to resume.

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