Dzheppar Calls int'l Community to Up Pressure on Russia for Release of Crimean Journalists
First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar has called on the international community to turn up pressure on the Russian Federation toward the release of civic journalists in the occupied Crimea.
Dzheppar took part in a ministerial meeting of member countries of the Media Freedom Coalition, set up by Canada and UK, according to the foreign ministry’s press service.
She stressed the critical situation with freedom of media in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
“Due to repression and threats to life by Russian occupation authorities, independent journalists were forced to flee the occupied parts of Donbas and Crimea.”
“To fill the vacuum of coverage of the real situation on the Crimean peninsula, ordinary citizens started performing the functions of independent media, and also faced repression. Nine civic journalists, Crimean Tatars, are now behind bars: Server Mustafayev, Timur Ibragimov, Marlen Asanov, Seyran Saliev, Remzi Bekirov, Ruslan Suleymanov, Osman Arifmemetov, Rustem Sheikhaliev, and Amet Suleymanov. I call on the international community to increase pressure on Russia to ensure their release,” Dzheppar said.
The diplomat also drew attention to the experience that Ukraine has accumulated over the years of fighting Russian disinformation. The First Deputy Foreign Minister invited international partners to support the initiative of the President of Ukraine to open the headquarters of an international office for countering disinformation in Kyiv.