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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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Ukraine bars 17 Russian journalists from entering country

New York, June 2, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Ukraine's decision to bar 17 Russian journalists from entering the country until December 31, 2017.

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CPJ urges Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to condemn threats to journalists

CPJ urges the Ukrainian president to condemn and investigate threats to journalists who have worked in eastern Ukraine.

May 24, 2016 2:16 PM ET

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Hackers, lawmaker put reporters at risk in Ukraine

New York, May 11, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the publication of the personal details of thousands of journalists and media workers who have reported from eastern Ukraine. CPJ also denounced a member of the Ukrainian parliament's praise for that action.

Attacks on the Press   |   Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, USA, Ukraine

Heroines for Press Freedom

Late on the evening of September 16, 2000, 31-year-old Ukrainian investigative journalist Georgy Gongadze left a colleague's house in Kiev and headed home to where his wife and young daughters awaited him. He never made it.

Statements   |   Ukraine

All journalists should be removed from Ukraine's list of banned individuals

New York, September 17, 2015--Ukrainian authorities today removed six international journalists from a list of at least 41 journalists and bloggers who have been banned from visiting the country for one year, according to news reports. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the decree on Wednesday which banned a total of 388 individuals who it said represented "an actual or potential threat to national interests, national security, sovereignty, and the territorial integrity of Ukraine." Today, three BBC journalists, two Spanish journalists, and a German reporter were taken off the list.

September 17, 2015 1:22 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ukraine

Ukraine bans 41 international journalists and bloggers

New York, September 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores a decree signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today which, according to a copy viewed by CPJ, bans at least 41 international journalists and bloggers from Ukraine for one year. The journalists and bloggers were among 388 people named as representing an "actual or potential threat to national interests, national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," according to news reports.

September 16, 2015 6:24 PM ET

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Blog   |   Ukraine

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.

Blog   |   Ukraine

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.

Alerts   |   Russia, Ukraine

Russian journalist detained, beaten in eastern Ukraine

New York, June 17, 2015--A correspondent for the independent Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta was obstructed and briefly detained by the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, according to news reports. Pavel Kanygin, a special correspondent for the newspaper, said he was beaten and interrogated in custody and then forced to leave the country, the reports said.

Case   |   Ukraine

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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