: 'Freedom of speech under threat in Crimea' – OSCE
Politics10:00 Apr. 20, 2016
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'Freedom of speech under threat in Crimea' – OSCE

OSCE condemns prosecutions of journalists on the occupied peninsula

Free expression and freedom of the media remain under threat in Russia-occupied Crimea.

OSCE rep Dunja Mijatovic slammed the recent prosecution of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Nikolay Semena.

The relevant statement is published on the site of the organisation. "This recent detention only shows the urgent need to stop the arbitrary practice of silencing journalists in Crimea," Mijatović said.

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OSCE urges Russia to allow journalists on the occupied peninsula work freely. The organisation calls local authorities' actions towards them "intimidating". 

Read also Russian authorities detain Crimean TV station cameraman

Mijatović adds after the detention of Semena, homes of several other journalists were searched by the police. Their work equipment was confiscated. 

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