The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) asks the Russian authorities to give a well-known journalist Nikolai Semena permission to leave the Crimea. The NUJU calls on the Russian Union of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic to speak in support of the journalist, according to the NUJU’s press service.
“Nikolai Semena has been a NUJU member for many years. He is one of the most experienced and well-known Crimean journalists. Since Nikolai Semena is an old man, it's hard for him to defend his rights in a Russian court. We hope that the Russian authorities are also interested in this unbiased journalist departure from Crimea,” the First Secretary of the NUJU Sergei Tomilenko said.
It was reported earlier that the house of Nikolai Semena, a freelance correspondent of Radio Liberty, was searched in April this year. On April 19, the Kremlin-controlled Crimean prosecutor's office announced that a criminal case was opened against the journalist for calls to violate the Russian Federation territorial integrity.
Nikolai Semena cannot leave the Crimea as he signed a recognizance not to leave. So, he should report on his movements within Crimea.