Crimea: Security Agents Expand Crackdown on Journalists
In response to Crimea’s Moscow-backed authorities’ renewed crackdown on journalists in Crimea, including Mykola Semena, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Security agents’ raids of journalists’ apartments and police interrogations based on fanciful allegations of ‘extremism’ are part of authorities’ attempts to intimidate and marginalize the press,” said Robert Herman, vice president for international programs. “Officials put in place by Russia have shown their determination to prevent journalists from reporting on human rights abuses.”
Federal Security Service (FSB) officers raided the apartments of at least seven people on April 19 in Crimea, including that of journalist Mykola Semena, and confiscated equipment and other property. Semena was detained and interrogated for 48 hours on grounds of alleged “extremism” for preparing a story for Krym.Realii, the Russian-language Crimean service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.