Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

Human rights activists demand to apply pressure on the Russian Federation over the matter of blocking of Ukrainian media in Crimea

The Crimean Human Rights Group appealed on the representatives of the OSCE participating States requesting to increase pressure on the Russian Federation to draw the line with blocking of media and other illegal restrictions to free speech in Crimea.

This was reported by Mass Media Institute with reference to the website of the Crimean Human Rights Group.

Iryna Sedova, the Crimean Human Rights Group expert, informed of the increase of Ukrainian independent media blockade on June 23 during an online meeting of the OSCE.

According to the human rights activist, these actions significantly limit the access to information of the independent Ukrainian online media and FM radio stations for the residents of the annexed Crimea. Under the pandemic conditions, Sedova added, such policy of Russia in Crimea further complicates the situation, depriving people of access to independent information about the pandemic situation in Ukraine, which the lives and health of these people may directly depend on.

Sedova defined more precisely that in the north of Crimea, Ukrainian FM broadcasting is being blocked intentionally by switching Russian radio stations on Ukrainian frequencies.

“In this regard, the Crimean Human Rights Group calls on the representatives of the OSCE participating States to increase pressure on the Russian Federation to stop the blocking of media and other illegal restrictions to free speech in Crimea. As well as for the Russian Federation to stop violating a number of obligations towards the other participating States of the OSCE”, stated in message.