KYIV (QHA) -

In the occupied Crimea, pressure continues on journalists who do not support Russian propaganda, the Head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine Sergei Tomilenko said in a comment to QHA correspondent

According to him, many methods that the occupants use against media representatives have already been tested on the journalist Mykola Semena convicted for his professional activities.

“We know about a vivid example in Crimea, the case against journalist Mykola Semena. It produced a cooling effect in the last year and a half, and it gave a clear signal that any independent voice of the journalist would be persecuted. We believe that such a public inpudent reprisal over Semena has produced its effect, and gave a signal that work on professional journalistic standards is being persecuted, and this, accordingly, results in self-censorship," Tomilenko said.

He further noted that in case against Semena such methods as searches of journalists and tapping were worked out.

“Among other methods is restriction on Internet access to particular sites. RoskomNazdor [Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Communications, Information Technologies and Mass Communications] regularly expands the list of publications that are technically blocked. We are also talking about the expansion of the branches to Russian propaganda media. In fact, a new media space is being created according to their standards," the head of NUJU said.

Earlier, during the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership in Tallinn the ceremony of awarding the Pavel Sheremet journalistic award took place.

The award was given to Afgan Mukhtarly, an independent Azerbaijani investigative journalist, who was kidnapped in Georgia on May 29 by the secret services and transported to Azerbaijan.

QHA