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Press in Ukraine face attacks and raids

As unrest in Ukraine enters its second year, journalists covering the fighting continue to be harassed. In Crimea, the homes of journalists working with the Center for Investigative Reporting are raided by Russian FSB security agents. Masked gunmen and Russian agents raid the newsroom of regional broadcaster ATR, and journalists including Serhiy Nikolayev are killed in crossfire as Ukrainian troops fight pro-Russian separatists. Press freedom violations recorded by CPJ include frequent attacks on the press, journalists being detained, and broadcasts being blocked.

A Ukrainian solider rests at a checkpoint. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

Letters   |   Russia, Ukraine

In Crimea, press freedom deteriorates at a rapid pace

Dear President Vladimir Putin: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, is writing to express its concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Crimea.

Attacks on the Press   |   Russia, Ukraine

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.

Case   |   Ukraine

TV journalist wounded in eastern Ukraine

On April 14, 2015, in Shyrokyne, a village in eastern Ukraine, local journalist Andrei Lunyov was wounded after accidentally triggering a trip wire that led to an explosion, regional and international press reported.

Statements   |   Ukraine

Pro-Russia journalist shot dead in Ukraine

New York, April 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ukrainian authorities to identify the motive in the murder of Oles Buzina, former editor of the independent news website Segodnya, in Kiev early today. Buzina was gunned down outside of his home by two masked men who fled the scene, according to news reports. Ukraine's interior ministry has launched an investigation into the murder, the agency said on its website.

April 16, 2015 12:46 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ukraine

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.

Alerts   |   Ukraine

Russian media regulator denies registration to Crimean news outlets

New York, March 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the deteriorating media climate in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that was annexed by Russia last year. On April 1, a news agency and a media company face being shut down after being denied registration by the Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor, according to news reports and local journalists.

Alerts   |   Ukraine

Russian FSB agents in Crimea charge journalist, interrogate another

New York, March 13, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's repressive actions by Russian security services, the FSB, against two journalists affiliated with an investigative journalism center.

Alerts   |   Ukraine

Photographer Serhiy Nikolayev killed by shelling in Ukraine

Photographer Serhiy Nikolayev was killed by shelling in Ukraine on February 28. (Reuters/Max Rokotansky)

New York, March 2, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists to ensure the safety of journalists covering the conflict in east Ukraine after photographer Serhiy Nikolayev was reported to have been killed by shelling on Saturday.

The Ukrainian photographer, who worked for Kiev-based daily Segodnya, was covering fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists when he was killed in the crossfire in the village of Peski, northeast of the major rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, the news agency Reuters reported. Both sides blamed the other for the death, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Russia, Ukraine

Independent Crimean broadcaster raided by Russian security agents

ATR Director Elzara Islyamova describes the raid on ATR before agents cut her short. (YouTube)

New York, January 26, 2015--Authorities in Crimea should stop targeting the independent regional broadcaster ATR immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after the broadcaster was raided and its equipment seized.

January 26, 2015 2:24 PM ET

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