"Information ghetto" created in Crimea: Freedom House

5 March 2015 10:02
(QHA) -

Kremlin has created a so-called "information ghetto" in Crimea through a crackdown on local and foreign media. The rights organization Freedom House said this in has a new report released on March 4.

In the report the Freedom House also detailed rights abuses in the Crimea since the peninsula’s unification with Russia in March 2014, RFE/RL reports.

The report says Crimea's residents “have faced increasingly grave, civic, political, and human rights violations”.

According to Freedom House, Crimean Tatar population has faced "infringement of property rights and intimidation of independent voices through selective use of law and physical force."

The report also notes many of these abuses have not been reported as "Western media attention shifted to the war in Ukraine's east" where government forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists for nearly one year now.