Ukraine / 2014

Crimean Tatar broadcaster accused of inciting extremism

September 24, 2014 3:47 PM ET

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....

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Ukrainian authorities raid newsroom, bar entry to Russian journalists

September 11, 2014 5:36 PM ET

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....

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Crimean journalist forced into exile after interrogation

September 9, 2014 3:53 PM ET

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....

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Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin killed in Ukraine

September 3, 2014 6:18 PM ET

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...

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Ukraine must reverse ban on Russian TV channels

August 20, 2014 2:11 PM ET

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...

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Ukraine must clarify status of Russian journalist

August 12, 2014 1:14 PM ET

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,...

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Russian photojournalist missing in eastern Ukraine

August 11, 2014 1:19 PM ET

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...

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Another journalist held by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine

August 1, 2014 3:32 PM ET

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

August 1, 2014 12:20 PM ET

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...

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In Ukraine, journalists injured, detained, expelled

July 28, 2014 4:48 PM ET

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...

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Journalists missing, fixer kidnapped, press banned in eastern Ukraine

July 23, 2014 6:15 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a series of recent anti-press violations in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk. In the past two days, at least two journalists have gone missing, while pro-Russia separatists abducted a fixer and briefly detained a reporter, according to news reports...

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Journalists detained, threatened while covering MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine

July 21, 2014 5:04 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2014--Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine should stop threatening and obstructing journalists from reporting on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukrainian reporter held for reporting in Russia without work permit

July 21, 2014 12:23 PM ET

Russian authorities arrested Yevgeny Agarkov, a reporter with the Ukrainian television station 1+1, on July 18, 2014, and accused him of working in Russia without a proper accreditation, according to news reports. Agarkov had traveled there to cover the controversial prosecution and trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, whom Russia...

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Ukrainian journalists held by pro-Russian separatists

July 1, 2014 4:38 PM ET

New York, July 1, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores the detention of at least three Ukrainian journalists by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine and calls for their immediate release....

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Russian cameraman killed in eastern Ukraine

June 30, 2014 5:44 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing Sunday in the Donetsk region of Anatoly Klyan, a cameraman with the Russian state-owned broadcaster Pervy Kanal (Channel One). Klyan, 68, died at a local hospital where he was treated for a gun wound to his abdomen, local...

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Journalists, media outlets remain in the crosshairs in eastern Ukraine

June 27, 2014 4:01 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns continued pressure on the media in the eastern Ukraine region of Donetsk and calls on separatists to allow journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal....

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Russian journalist and media worker killed in eastern Ukraine

June 17, 2014 5:21 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2014--A Russian journalist and a media worker died from injuries they sustained in mortar fire in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk today, according to Russian and international media reports. Igor Kornelyuk, correspondent for the state-owned broadcaster VGTRK, and Anton Voloshin, a sound engineer, were reporting...

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In eastern Ukraine, newsroom burned down, telecom company halts broadcasts

June 6, 2014 3:20 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2014--A local newsroom was burned down on Thursday in Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine and a telecommunication company stopped broadcasting content from six Ukrainian TV channels, citing threats, according to news reports and press freedom groups. In both cases, separatists with the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic...

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Journalists, editors detained in Crimea, eastern Ukraine

June 2, 2014 5:51 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2014--At least five journalists in Crimea and mainland Ukraine were detained today, two of whom were still being held, by Russian authorities and pro-Russia separatists, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detentions and urges all sides of the crisis in Ukraine...

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International journalist and his fixer killed in Ukraine

May 27, 2014 4:56 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2014--On Saturday, Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter and fixer, Andrei Mironov, were killed in mortar fire outside the eastern city of Sloviansk, according to regional and international press reports. A French photojournalist, William Roguelon, was also wounded in the attack, reports said. ...

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Russian journalists barred from entering Ukraine

May 23, 2014 2:51 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2014--Several Russian journalists were barred from entering Ukraine this past week, ahead of Sunday's presidential vote, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the move and calls on Ukrainian authorities to allow all journalists to carry out their job without harassment....

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Journalists held, questioned in Crimea, mainland Ukraine

May 19, 2014 5:07 PM ET

New York, May 19, 2014--Ukrainian authorities are holding two foreign journalists, while five other journalists were interrogated in Crimea by Russian authorities over the weekend, according to news reports. ...

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In Ukraine, journalists face violence, abduction

May 12, 2014 5:16 PM ET

New York, May 12, 2014--Local and international journalists covering the crisis in Ukraine have been assaulted and arbitrarily detained in the past week, according to news reports and a local press freedom organization. At least one was attacked while covering a contested referendum Sunday on autonomy for the east of...

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Journalists shot, attacked covering clashes in Odessa

May 5, 2014 4:01 PM ET

New York, May 5, 2014--At least three journalists were shot over the weekend and others assaulted while covering deadly clashes between pro-Russia activists and their opponents in Odessa, southern Ukraine, according to news reports and a local press freedom group. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ukrainian authorities to...

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Journalists must be allowed to work in eastern Ukraine

May 2, 2014 3:22 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's detention of several journalists--from CBS television, BuzzFeed, and Sky News--in Sloviansk, where pro-Russia separatists have for weeks harassed, obstructed, and detained journalists covering the crisis in eastern Ukraine. All of the journalists were released after being interrogated for hours,...

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Journalists missing, attacked covering crisis in Ukraine

April 29, 2014 1:43 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2014--At least two journalists who traveled to eastern Ukraine have been reported missing in the past week, while at least four journalists have been attacked, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the targeting of journalists and media outlets in Ukraine...

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Two journalists freed, one still in custody in eastern Ukraine

April 25, 2014 3:50 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of two journalists in eastern Ukraine and calls for the release of a third journalist who has not been heard from since April 15. Sergei Lefter, reporter for the Warsaw-based Open Dialogue Foundation, is reportedly in custody of...

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In Ukraine, another journalist missing, newsroom destroyed

April 23, 2014 5:43 PM ET

New York, April 23, 2014--Three local and international journalists are missing or being held hostage in eastern Ukraine, while unidentified assailants burned down the offices of a newspaper. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ukrainian authorities to ensure the safety of journalists covering the crisis. ...

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VICE journalist held by pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine

April 22, 2014 5:55 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter with the U.S.-based global news channel VICE News, who is being held in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. Ostrovsky is in the custody of pro-Russian separatists led by self-proclaimed "people's...

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Independent editor assaulted in northeastern Ukraine

April 17, 2014 1:54 PM ET

New York, April 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a brutal attack on an editor in Ukraine and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and apprehend the perpetrators. The editor should also be provided with protection while he is recovering in the hospital, CPJ said. ...

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Anti-press attacks rise as tensions escalate in Ukraine

April 14, 2014 5:10 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2014--Local and international journalists covering the volatile situation in eastern Ukraine have been harassed, attacked, detained, and had their equipment seized, according to news reports and regional press freedom groups. ...

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Ukraine must allow entry to Russian journalists

April 9, 2014 2:55 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to the country to several Russian journalists over the past few days. Reports say that journalists with the newly reshuffled RIA Novosti news agency, TV channels Rossiya and Russia Today,...

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Outlets raided, journalists harassed in eastern Ukraine

April 8, 2014 3:11 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2014--At least three news outlets and two journalists have been attacked and harassed in the past three days in eastern Ukraine, according to news reports and press freedom groups. ...

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In Crimea, more journalists report attacks, obstruction

March 18, 2014 5:40 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2014--At least six journalists have been assaulted, detained, or obstructed from reporting in the southern Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea in the past two days, according to news reports. ...

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More journalists obstructed on the job in Crimea

March 13, 2014 5:33 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2014--Journalists covering the ongoing crisis in the southern Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea continue to be detained, harassed, and obstructed, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides of the crisis to allow journalists to report freely on the events in...

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CPJ condemns Ukraine's order to take Russian TV off air

March 12, 2014 3:15 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decree by Ukraine's National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting to cable and satellite providers on Tuesday to cut off the transmission of Russian state-controlled TV stations in the country. The order, which was immediately enforced, appears to be...

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Journalists detained, attacked while reporting in Crimea

March 11, 2014 3:19 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2014--Two reporters were detained by armed men in the autonomous republic of Crimea, in southern Ukraine, while other journalists have reported being assaulted covering the crisis and their equipment damaged or seized, according to news reports. More than a dozen broadcasters have also been censored, the...

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Crimean authorities take two more broadcasters off air

March 6, 2014 5:19 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2014--Crimean authorities should immediately restore broadcasting in the region by the independent Ukraine television stations Channel 5 and Channel 1+1, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Independent media, journalists obstructed in Crimea

March 3, 2014 6:06 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2014--Authorities in the autonomous republic of Crimea in southern Ukraine should ensure that media outlets and independent journalists are allowed to report on the political crisis in the region without being censored or harassed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist among dead in Ukraine protests

February 19, 2014 3:03 PM ET

New York, February 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by the murder of a journalist and reports that pro-government groups are targeting journalists covering nationwide protests in Ukraine. The demonstrations have left at least 26 people dead and several hundred injured, including journalists, according to news...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Ukraine

February 12, 2014 1:17 AM ET

Despite its status as the 2013 chairman of the human rights and security agency the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ukraine did little to promote press freedom in the region. Local reporters expressed doubt about the editorial independence of news outlets, as the owners of a critical broadcaster...

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Attacks on journalists persist amid protests in Ukraine

February 5, 2014 2:51 PM ET

New York, February 5, 2014--At least two international journalists reported being abducted and beaten while covering protests in Ukraine on Friday, according to news reports. The attack comes as two local press freedom groups each reported that more than 100 journalists have been attacked or briefly detained since the nationwide...

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Journalists assaulted amid protests in Ukraine

January 22, 2014 5:03 PM ET

New York, January 22, 2014--Dozens of journalists were attacked, and their equipment damaged, while reporting on anti-government protests that began over the weekend in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, according to local and international news reports. The protests come as the government has approved new legislation imposing restrictions on the...

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