Nine Crimean citizen journalists are in detention - Activist Zudiyeva | QHA media
07 June 2019, 11:27

Nine Crimean citizen journalists are in detention - Activist Zudiyeva

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Nine citizen journalists arrested in the illegally annexed Crimea for their informational and human rights activities are now in jail.

Crimean Tatar human rights activist Lutfie Zudiyeva told about the situation at round table in Kyiv on June 6, Ukrinform reports.

According to her, live broadcasts and reports of civilian journalists in the occupied Crimea continue to be the only source of truthful information about the real situation on the peninsula.

When Bilal Odilov was detained by FSB officers at one of the Crimean trials, my friend and colleague Osman Arifmemetov turned on the live broadcast on Facebook and began to show how the Crimean Tatar, the father of nine children, was taken away directly from the courthouse. Stream, which he broadcast, got into all the media of Ukraine, and he presented a reliable picture of the situation that occur in the Crimea. That day, we realized that we have the opportunity to tell about real events in the Crimea using live broadcasts on Facebook, – Zudiyeva said.

Thus, in 2016, the Crimean Solidarity page was created, having the goal to daily document the chronicle of arrests, searches and other human rights abuses in the annexed Crimea.

Zudiyeva noted that a few months later they were joined by a large number of streamers, fixers and activists who understood that in the absence of professional media there should be people who would talk about what is actually happening on the peninsula.

On May 30, QHA media reported that Russian security officials in Crimea detained two Crimean Tatar activists engaged in human rights activities – civilian journalist Lutfie Zudiyeva and the coordinator of the Crimean Childhood initiative, the spouse of the Kremlin prisoner Mumine Salieva. Later they were released, however the occupiers opened administrative cases against themunder Art. 20.3 of the Administrative Code of Russia – demonstration of prohibited symbols.